WALTHAMSTOW: Protest planned against station development

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Artist's impression of what the Walthamstow Station site will look like after it is regenerated Artist's impression of what the Walthamstow Station site will look like after it is regenerated

A CAMPAIGN against a high-rise development near Walthamstow Central station is to be stepped up.

Residents in nearby Priory Avenue have launched a petition against the proposals and plan to protest outside Waltham Forest Town Hall.

A public meeting to discuss the development, which is also opposed by residents in other nearby streets, will take place later this month.

Sally Stephens, chairwoman of the Priory Avenue Residents’ Association, said: “We are not against development, we are against inappropriate developments.

“We started going door-to-door last night with the petition.

A lot of people didn't know about the development or the extent of it.

“We have had a good response from residents and they are supporting us.

“We want them to know what it will mean for the area.

“There are Victorian houses here and there will be towers overshadowing us.

“The massive hotel and blocks of flats will absolutely dwarf the neighbouring streets.

“It will create a massive problem with parking, and have a huge impact on the local schools with the extra children.”

“We are working with other residents' associations and speaking to local residents.

“We will be protesting on behalf of those opposed to it. People are not happy at all.”

Solum Regeneration, which is a partnership between Kier Property and Network Rail, has submitted revised plans for the £15 million scheme in the station’s car park, which includes a 12-storey block of flats, a hotel and five new shops.

Solum insists the development will “vastly” 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 public meeting will take place on Tuesday October 12 at the community centre in Priory Avenue, Walthamstow, from 7pm.

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2:52pm Tue 5 Oct 10

Silent Majority 2009 says...

The plans are some of the worst we have seen in the Borough. They contravene many of the key rules used to assess a development and have to be stopped. How a credible company like Network Rail can support such an ill conceived badly designed scheme is a mystery. Surely such a body should be helping communities develop not destroying the environment of the existing residents.

This is a key battle as what will eventually be built will set the standard for the rest of the Town Centre. If this scheme succeeds there will be no future for Walthamstow.
The plans are some of the worst we have seen in the Borough. They contravene many of the key rules used to assess a development and have to be stopped. How a credible company like Network Rail can support such an ill conceived badly designed scheme is a mystery. Surely such a body should be helping communities develop not destroying the environment of the existing residents. This is a key battle as what will eventually be built will set the standard for the rest of the Town Centre. If this scheme succeeds there will be no future for Walthamstow. Silent Majority 2009
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3:14pm Tue 5 Oct 10

myopinioncounts says...

Back to the "High Rise' living that proved so unpopular that millions was spent demolishing the tower blocks in our borough!
Back to the "High Rise' living that proved so unpopular that millions was spent demolishing the tower blocks in our borough! myopinioncounts
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11:51pm Tue 5 Oct 10

md-j says...

£15 million just will not buy a development of the quality needed to revive the Town Centre.
The fact that the developers lack the imagination to demolish the mediocre station building and use the air space above the track as a pedestrian bridge+shopping arcade, with a hotel good enough to attract business visitors to the City a few short stops away, sums up the meanness of vision of the whole scheme. The site will remain an unwieldy cul de sac as at present, because making new access points behind the site never occurred to the designers. getting in and out of Hoe St will be a nightmare. The 'square' will be dominated by cars passing through to the car park, as at present, but with many more delivery and residents' vehicles as well. Pictures of freely-moving pedestrians were completely fraudulent.
The space concealed by the new deck will become a crime-ridden no-go area.

This cheapskate scheme could only be put forward because the proposers knew that the Council had no vision of what the area could be, a dynamic outstation of the capital's life, rather than a tatty backwater with no theatre or cinema. Increasingly it becomes hard not to feel that our decision-makers WANT the place to be a dump: they can only maintain their status as big fish by constantly draining the pond to keep it as small and muddy as possible. And yet they get election turnouts of over 100%, so someone must surely like them?

Is it irrelevant to remember that Kier were fined a record £15 million by the government for contract-fixing, and is it worth asking why such a company seems always to find a welcome in Waltham Forest?
£15 million just will not buy a development of the quality needed to revive the Town Centre. The fact that the developers lack the imagination to demolish the mediocre station building and use the air space above the track as a pedestrian bridge+shopping arcade, with a hotel good enough to attract business visitors to the City a few short stops away, sums up the meanness of vision of the whole scheme. The site will remain an unwieldy cul de sac as at present, because making new access points behind the site never occurred to the designers. getting in and out of Hoe St will be a nightmare. The 'square' will be dominated by cars passing through to the car park, as at present, but with many more delivery and residents' vehicles as well. Pictures of freely-moving pedestrians were completely fraudulent. The space concealed by the new deck will become a crime-ridden no-go area. This cheapskate scheme could only be put forward because the proposers knew that the Council had no vision of what the area could be, a dynamic outstation of the capital's life, rather than a tatty backwater with no theatre or cinema. Increasingly it becomes hard not to feel that our decision-makers WANT the place to be a dump: they can only maintain their status as big fish by constantly draining the pond to keep it as small and muddy as possible. And yet they get election turnouts of over 100%, so someone must surely like them? Is it irrelevant to remember that Kier were fined a record £15 million by the government for contract-fixing, and is it worth asking why such a company seems always to find a welcome in Waltham Forest? md-j
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4:03am Wed 6 Oct 10

EducateCommunities says...

This is just history trying to repeat it self time that we expose this kind of project, we will not let these kind of schemes be sneaked into our community.

It will have to prove and show clear benefits to our community and we will not be hoodwinked into falling for these poor projects that leave us duped into making profits for developments that have limited vision.

If the developers are serious present your plans for open debate and check your partners track records as Kier has not got a clean record.
This is just history trying to repeat it self time that we expose this kind of project, we will not let these kind of schemes be sneaked into our community. It will have to prove and show clear benefits to our community and we will not be hoodwinked into falling for these poor projects that leave us duped into making profits for developments that have limited vision. If the developers are serious present your plans for open debate and check your partners track records as Kier has not got a clean record. EducateCommunities
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9:22am Wed 6 Oct 10

Gandalf III says...

I'm glad to see the developers have preserved the superb 1870 station building, which is a rare survival. WF need to make its complete restoration to 1870 appearance a planning condition.
But why have they chosen to use the current architectural fad of bright coloured panels on their nondescript tower blocks? This is just plain horrible - go to Barking if you want to see how naff it is. These towers are completely at odds with the Victorian houses nearby and will devalue the whole area. Sack the architect and get someone in who can make something worthwhile of this site.
I'm glad to see the developers have preserved the superb 1870 station building, which is a rare survival. WF need to make its complete restoration to 1870 appearance a planning condition. But why have they chosen to use the current architectural fad of bright coloured panels on their nondescript tower blocks? This is just plain horrible - go to Barking if you want to see how naff it is. These towers are completely at odds with the Victorian houses nearby and will devalue the whole area. Sack the architect and get someone in who can make something worthwhile of this site. Gandalf III
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