WALTHAMSTOW: Homes plan "breaks policy"

A LARGE housing development which goes against current policies on the density of new schemes will be considered by councillors next week.

Officers have recommended that an application to build 562 homes in blocks up to seven-storeys high on industrial land off Billet Road, Walthamstow, should be approved to address a shortage of affordable properties.

Hadley Homes also want to include four shops, business space and community facilities - including a health centre - on land at the Billet Works, Kimberley Industrial Estate and former Tyco building in Higham Hill.

The density of the development exceeds policies adopted by the council. The inclusion of retail spaces is also contrary to a strategy to protect existing businesses in the area.

The scale and height of the development will have “significant impact” on the surrounding area, according to council planners who accept that the developers have pushed the amount of homes they can build on the site to the limit.

Planning documents state: “The density, height and scale of some parts of the scheme are challenging.”

Hadley Homes must contribute £2.5 million to local, off-site infrastructure as a condition of planning approval.

Existing businesses on the site employ 152 people, according to the latest figures, but planning documents do not reveal whether firms have been relocated.

Residents have raised a number of concerns about the development, including its density, increased traffic and security.

The Metropolitan Police’s Crime Prevention and Design Advisor is said to have “serious misgivings regarding the safety, security and sustainability of the proposed 361-space basement car park".

The advisor also has “concerns with regard to community cohesion, given the mix of residential properties (with a high proportion of one and two bedroom properties)”, and adds that there are “unlikely to be sufficient numbers of families to offer the effective levels of activity, natural surveillance and ownership during the day”.

The council has rejected calls by Kimberley Road residents for a public meeting on the development.

The primary care trust also says it does not plan to occupy the space earmarked for a health centre.

The application will be considered by the Planning Commitee on Tuesday (April 13).

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12:05pm Fri 9 Apr 10

Heartlysmum says...

Slums of the future become the present.

This nonsense to comply with government dictat on figures.

Just too many people elbowing their way in, it will end in tears. They were pulling down the high risers of the sixties don't they ever learn?
Slums of the future become the present. This nonsense to comply with government dictat on figures. Just too many people elbowing their way in, it will end in tears. They were pulling down the high risers of the sixties don't they ever learn? Heartlysmum
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12:34pm Fri 9 Apr 10

Walthamster says...

They don't learn, Heartlysmum. But Waltham Forest council recently accepted £3 million to house thousands more people in this overcrowded borough. I wonder if we'll see that money spent on the improvements the area needs? Some chance!
They don't learn, Heartlysmum. But Waltham Forest council recently accepted £3 million to house thousands more people in this overcrowded borough. I wonder if we'll see that money spent on the improvements the area needs? Some chance! Walthamster
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12:36pm Fri 9 Apr 10

fjl says...

That does sound like a lot of new homes. Surely a new school should be built as well for all the children that will be moving in.
That does sound like a lot of new homes. Surely a new school should be built as well for all the children that will be moving in. fjl
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12:59pm Fri 9 Apr 10

April Showers says...

"Hadley Homes also want to include four shops, business space and community facilities - including a health centre..." Hmm, how many times have we heard that in the last fifty years?!
"Hadley Homes also want to include four shops, business space and community facilities - including a health centre..." Hmm, how many times have we heard that in the last fifty years?! April Showers
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2:35pm Fri 9 Apr 10

Pamella says...

it sounds so godawful its bound to get approved.
it sounds so godawful its bound to get approved. Pamella
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