Bid to make Leyton town centre a Conservation Area

Plans have been unveiled to give Leyton town centre greater protection from overdevelopment by designating it as a Conservation Area.

Waltham Forest Council has launched a consultation into proposals to grant the special status to an area around Leyton High Road.

It would include two grade II listed buildings, Leyton Library and the former Leyton Town Hall, and the Victorian-era park Coronation Gardens.

Conservation Area status gives local authorities greater powers to reject planning applications if they are not deemed suitable or in keeping with a particular area.

It comes after the council and partners won an award from the mayor of London for multi-million pound refurbishment works in Leyton town centre, including repainting shopfronts.

Council leader Cllr Chris Robbins said: “By making this part of Leyton a conservation area we can do more in our role as the local planning authority.

"It would give us extra powers to control works to protect or improve the character or appearance of the area.”

A consultation display is now in place at Leyton Library.

Comments and queries can be sent to Jacinta Fisher, the council's Conservation Officer, to Room G08, Sycamore House E17 4JF or via e-mail at urbandesign@walthamforest.gov.uk

The consultation closes on Monday March 18.

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11:47am Thu 7 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

Hahahahahaha! They are about 30 years too late!
Hahahahahaha! They are about 30 years too late! Cornbeefur

11:58am Thu 7 Feb 13

leyton_man says...

Shame About the dog track, old police stations, pubs etc.
Shame About the dog track, old police stations, pubs etc. leyton_man

4:22pm Thu 7 Feb 13

the dame says...

It would be a great compliment to designate Leyton Town Centre as a Conservation Area. The Grade 11 listed buildings are fine architectural examples built in the late 19th century and Coronation Gardens is exceptionally well attended. Far better to conserve than destroy or change use which has happened in other parts of the Borough. I hope the bid is successful as we have lost many fine buildings in Leyton. Join the Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society (L&LHS) to find out more.
It would be a great compliment to designate Leyton Town Centre as a Conservation Area. The Grade 11 listed buildings are fine architectural examples built in the late 19th century and Coronation Gardens is exceptionally well attended. Far better to conserve than destroy or change use which has happened in other parts of the Borough. I hope the bid is successful as we have lost many fine buildings in Leyton. Join the Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society (L&LHS) to find out more. the dame

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