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12-storey flats plan 'taking the mickey'
A controversial high-rise development could be extended to include an extra 80 flats in a new 12-storey block.
Solum Regeneration is in the process of completing a 14-storey hotel, 69 homes and five retail units near Walthamstow Central station.
There was widespread opposition to the plans from people living nearby, who claimed it was poorly designed and would overshadow nearby properties.
Now Solum is poised to ask for permission to extend the development with a £20 million investment to create 80 more flats in a 12-storey block on the site of the current station car park.
Local residents groups are concerned that high-rise developments are becoming commonplace in Walthamstow.
News of this proposed tower block comes shortly after the consultation ended last week on a 34-metre-high development, including a new Morrisons superstore and 248 flats in South Grove, Walthamstow.
Caramel Quin, chairwoman of Cleveland Park Residents' Association and one of the organisers of the Fight the Height group, said the developers are “taking the Mickey.”
She added: “They approved the height of the first development because it was supposed to be a landmark building. For it to be a landmark building surely that means it’s not surrounded by other tall buildings.”
“Now the floodgates are open to build 12 storey buildings anywhere.”
The new 14-storey Travelodge hotel is due to be opened in the new-year and supporters say it will generate an additional £1m for businesses in the area.
Peter Hughes, Solum Regeneration director, said: “This further investment that we are making demonstrates the confidence that we have in the area and will bring more high quality homes to Walthamstow.
“All of the apartments in Phase One sold very quickly. Tenants of the affordable housing apartments have started to move in while the private homes are fully sold.
“We encourage the local community to come along to the exhibition to see the plans and provide their invaluable input.”
The new proposals also include a two-storey block of cafes and shops on the corner of Selbourne Road and Hoe Street.