WALTHAMSTOW: Proposed station development is branded "ugly" (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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WALTHAMSTOW: Proposed station development is branded "ugly"
THE proposed development of Walthamstow Central station has been branded “ugly, bulky and poor quality”.
Solum Regeneration has submitted revised plans for the £15 million scheme in part of the station’s car park, which includes a 12-storey block of flats, a hotel and five new shops.
But the proposals have been criticised by residents living nearby who have called on the council to insist on a better design.
Caramel Quin, chairman of the Cleveland Park Avenue Residents’ Association, said: “The poor quality development won't do much to improve our town centre or generate many jobs.
“Yes, the current car park is an eyesore, but that doesn't mean the council should just green light any scheme that's proposed.
"It is ugly and bulky. The council should instead be pushing for a good quality scheme that better integrates with the existing town centre.
"All the residents we know who have seen these proposals are appalled. They say it's too tall, it's faceless and could be anywhere, and it's blatantly designed for residents and hotel guests who will simply hop on the tube and spend their money elsewhere.
"Residents who feel this way should write to the council as soon as possible urging them refuse this application and push for something different. Walthamstow deserves better."
But Solum Regeneration say the development will improve the area, which it says is not pedestrian-friendly or attractive.
A spokesman said: "The new station public square will create a new sense of space and provide a unique and distinct character more appropriate to a town centre as a commercial, residential and transport hub."
"The proposals provide an important opportunity to revitalise a central town centre location, provide a quality place in which to live, work and visit that will support local jobs, strengthen the town centre and deliver an economic investment.
“The plans will create a vastly improved environment that will provide the station with a welcoming setting."
"The station will remain open while the site is developed and services from the station will not be affected.
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