The North East London Foundation Trust to apply for permission to build new homes and a new mental health facility

Plans for development of historic hospital revealed

An artist's impression of the new health centre on Forest Road

An artist's impression of some of the residential accomodation

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Plans for 90 homes on a hospital site have been released.

North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) is preparing to submit a planning application for the redevelopment of Thorpe Coombe Hospital in Forest Road, Walthamstow.

Proposals include building a new “state-of-the-art” facility for the treatment of people with mental health problems.

Services including rehabilitation, outreach, psychotherapy and support for children and adolescents are currently provided on the site and the trust has said none will be lost.

Under the plan, the grade II-listed building on the site, which dates back to the mid 18th century, would be converted into 17 homes and up to five townhouses.

A new residential complex will incorporate 73 homes.

A spokeswoman for the trust said: "The rationale for development of this site is part of NELFT’s Estates Strategy to pursue a continuous programme of improvement.

"The disposal of surplus NHS land on the Thorpe Coombe site will provide much needed residential accommodation.

"The sale of the land for residential purposes will release expenditure that will help finance the new health facility."

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2:31pm Thu 29 May 14

Little_Australian says...

This is one of the more reasonable housing projects we have seen in a long time. I'd be interested to see the full details when they come to light, but I imagine that Labour will vote it down because it's not a proposal for countless one-bedroomed rabbit hutches.
This is one of the more reasonable housing projects we have seen in a long time. I'd be interested to see the full details when they come to light, but I imagine that Labour will vote it down because it's not a proposal for countless one-bedroomed rabbit hutches. Little_Australian
  • Score: 10

4:00pm Thu 29 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

More congestion
More congestion Villagecranberry
  • Score: -4

4:13pm Thu 29 May 14

RichieA70 says...

Good grief - they're plonking 4-storey boxes on the gardens in front of the hospital and an 18 century mansion. So more vital green space disappears and a historic listed building is overwhelmed and abused by cheap, ugly new neighbours.
Good grief - they're plonking 4-storey boxes on the gardens in front of the hospital and an 18 century mansion. So more vital green space disappears and a historic listed building is overwhelmed and abused by cheap, ugly new neighbours. RichieA70
  • Score: 10

4:17pm Thu 29 May 14

Ferdy54 says...

"Lets build lots of flats on our land"

"Although we better keep some medical facilities to stop people moaning!!"
"Lets build lots of flats on our land" "Although we better keep some medical facilities to stop people moaning!!" Ferdy54
  • Score: 7

4:39pm Thu 29 May 14

Howard Wolowitz says...

Mental health hospital, it is badly needed in that area, plenty of future patients just down the road.
Mental health hospital, it is badly needed in that area, plenty of future patients just down the road. Howard Wolowitz
  • Score: 0

5:39pm Thu 29 May 14

stickmanny says...

Hmm some posters here show clear symptoms of schizophrenia....
Hmm some posters here show clear symptoms of schizophrenia.... stickmanny
  • Score: -2

9:50am Fri 30 May 14

Harry J says...

My family's had reason to use Thorpe Coombe in recent times and the place is an absolute dump. Great services, great staff, but we need a 21st century building to deliver that from. If NELFT can get funding by selling/developing some of the land - good on them.
My family's had reason to use Thorpe Coombe in recent times and the place is an absolute dump. Great services, great staff, but we need a 21st century building to deliver that from. If NELFT can get funding by selling/developing some of the land - good on them. Harry J
  • Score: 7

10:57am Fri 30 May 14

Robert19 says...

It would have been good to see an impression of the impact on the historic Thorpe Coombe House. I think that is an important consideration. Nothing against new properties per se but their proximity to one of the few original mansions left makes their design especially critical to this part of Walthamstow.
It would have been good to see an impression of the impact on the historic Thorpe Coombe House. I think that is an important consideration. Nothing against new properties per se but their proximity to one of the few original mansions left makes their design especially critical to this part of Walthamstow. Robert19
  • Score: 4

11:30am Fri 30 May 14

ruby newbie says...

are Waltham forest council determined to ruin the place
are Waltham forest council determined to ruin the place ruby newbie
  • Score: 1

11:30am Fri 30 May 14

ruby newbie says...

the whole borough I mean
the whole borough I mean ruby newbie
  • Score: -1

1:34pm Fri 30 May 14

RichieA70 says...

Robert19 wrote:
It would have been good to see an impression of the impact on the historic Thorpe Coombe House. I think that is an important consideration. Nothing against new properties per se but their proximity to one of the few original mansions left makes their design especially critical to this part of Walthamstow.
Absolutely. At the moment Thorpe Coombe house can probably be seen from the viewpoint of the artist's impression, but clearly the new buildings plonked on the gardens will obliterate it. Much like the lovely 'country station' Victorian ticket hall at Walthamstow Central which has virtually disappeared behind the tower blocks surrounding it.
[quote][p][bold]Robert19[/bold] wrote: It would have been good to see an impression of the impact on the historic Thorpe Coombe House. I think that is an important consideration. Nothing against new properties per se but their proximity to one of the few original mansions left makes their design especially critical to this part of Walthamstow.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. At the moment Thorpe Coombe house can probably be seen from the viewpoint of the artist's impression, but clearly the new buildings plonked on the gardens will obliterate it. Much like the lovely 'country station' Victorian ticket hall at Walthamstow Central which has virtually disappeared behind the tower blocks surrounding it. RichieA70
  • Score: 1

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