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Planning consent has been granted for a new mixed-use development of 436 homes as well as community and commercial space, transforming the area to the north of Wood Street station. The plans include 150 council homes for social rent to replace the outdated, existing homes that will be demolished. All residents are being given the chance to stay and move into a new home or move elsewhere in the borough. An additional 286 homes will be created, of which 40 will be available through shared ownership schemes and the remainder for private sale.
Marlowe Road Estate was identified as the highest priority for regeneration in the Council’s Estates Review in 2010. Under the approved plans, with the exception of Northwood Tower all of the site’s existing buildings will be demolished and rebuilt, making way for an integrated neighbourhood set around a new public plaza.
The masterplan designed by Stitch Architects puts a focus on attractive, tree-lined streets with landscaped open spaces and pedestrian friendly connections, all helping create a safe and attractive environment that links well with its surrounding area. The homes will be offered in a wide range of sizes and layouts to suit a variety of residents, from four bedroom family houses with private gardens, to maisonettes and apartments with terraces or balconies, but all have been designed to high standards of quality and efficiency.
The new scheme will also provide over 1,000 sq m of commercial space that will include an improved Co-operative store, a local Post Office and other new retail and community uses. Car parking and associated infrastructure is also part of the planning consent.
Richard Cherry, Chief Executive of Countryside’s Partnerships division, said: “It is great news to have been given the go ahead for our plans for Marlowe Road and we look forward to getting on with the delivery of this new and improved neighbourhood. The new scheme will bring with it high quality housing for local people, as well as a much improved public realm with safe and inviting open spaces for the local community to enjoy.”
Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, Cabinet Member for Housing at Waltham Forest Council, comments: “This regeneration scheme will dramatically improve both the housing and the area as a whole thanks to the ambitious plans that have now been approved. The issues with Marlowe Road have been long-standing and the scope of the scheme underlines the wholesale changes that were required to reclaim this community and provide it with the housing it requires to take it well on into the next century and beyond.
“It may seem that the planning consent is just the start of this journey, but for those of us involved, and not least the residents, this is just the latest milestone in a process that has been developed over many years. It is however obviously a key juncture in the scheme and we can now all move forward together with confidence to see the vision we have developed become reality.”