London & Quadrant to announce Walthamstow Stadium building work date 'within weeks'

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A housing developer is to announce a date to start building a 294-home development on the former Walthamstow Stadium within weeks, it said.

London & Quadrant (L&Q) won planning permission last year for its housing estate proposals at the site in Chingford Road, Walthamstow, after a long-fought battle against groups comprised of residents who feared overdevelopment and others who wanted a return to dog racing.

But the stadium has lain quiet ever since Mayor of London Boris Johnson decided not to intervene in the plans, until L&Q said they hope to announce a date to begin work shortly.

A spokesman said: “As is usual on a development of this size, there has been a preparatory phase before we start work on site, as we discharge the pre-commencement conditions that are a feature of such schemes. 

“We look forward to informing people of the date for the start of our works on site once this preparatory phase has been concluded, which we hope will be within the next few weeks.

“We will build 294 much-needed, high quality homes for people on a range of incomes. Our scheme will bring £50m worth of investment into the borough, including £3.8 million to improve local leisure, education, health and transport facilities.

"This will preserve the architectural heritage of this iconic and historic site for the whole community. Our plans will also create up to 250 jobs, including many apprenticeships and training opportunities for local people.”

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10:52am Mon 22 Apr 13

Stow Residents/Community Association says...

We are pleased to announce that London & Quadrant have agreed to update local residents at our Annual General Meeting.
We are pleased to announce that London & Quadrant have agreed to update local residents at our Annual General Meeting. Stow Residents/Community Association
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1:51pm Mon 22 Apr 13

red37red says...

they cant look after our 18 flats without building 294 more!
they cant look after our 18 flats without building 294 more! red37red
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1:55pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Cornbeefur says...

This surely must be the Death Knell for Walthamstow Dog Centre.

The greyhounds will be howling in the wind as the first stone is laid.
This surely must be the Death Knell for Walthamstow Dog Centre. The greyhounds will be howling in the wind as the first stone is laid. Cornbeefur
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6:32pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Walthamster says...

L&Q say they're providing "£3.8 million to improve local leisure, education, health and transport facilities".

Residents living nearby need to ask their local councillors exactly what this is going to be spent on, and keep asking for updates.

Too much money in this borough disappears without trace.
L&Q say they're providing "£3.8 million to improve local leisure, education, health and transport facilities". Residents living nearby need to ask their local councillors exactly what this is going to be spent on, and keep asking for updates. Too much money in this borough disappears without trace. Walthamster
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6:33pm Mon 22 Apr 13

GavinQ says...

Awful news...
Awful news... GavinQ
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7:21pm Mon 22 Apr 13

Cool snoopy says...

When coming off the motorway, it was always nice to see the lit up dog stadium. We knew we are back at stow. Would be very depressing for it to be replaced by a block of flats! Rather have a shopping centre since chingford doesn't have one?
When coming off the motorway, it was always nice to see the lit up dog stadium. We knew we are back at stow. Would be very depressing for it to be replaced by a block of flats! Rather have a shopping centre since chingford doesn't have one? Cool snoopy
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5:09pm Tue 23 Apr 13

Cornbeefur says...

Cool snoopy wrote:
When coming off the motorway, it was always nice to see the lit up dog stadium. We knew we are back at stow. Would be very depressing for it to be replaced by a block of flats! Rather have a shopping centre since chingford doesn't have one?
You just about sum up why the place closed anyway, you liked to have it there on your door step but never used it. A business cannot thrive on prosperity and nostalgia, they have bills to pay.
[quote][p][bold]Cool snoopy[/bold] wrote: When coming off the motorway, it was always nice to see the lit up dog stadium. We knew we are back at stow. Would be very depressing for it to be replaced by a block of flats! Rather have a shopping centre since chingford doesn't have one?[/p][/quote]You just about sum up why the place closed anyway, you liked to have it there on your door step but never used it. A business cannot thrive on prosperity and nostalgia, they have bills to pay. Cornbeefur
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