TWO huge housing developments will be discussed next week as developers look to build hundreds of homes in Waltham Forest.

Separate sites in Leyton could be transformed into new neighbourhoods after ambitious plans are put to Waltham Forest council.

Next week (Tuesday) two developers will discuss their designs at a meeting of the council’s planning committee.

Plans are not being submitted on this occasion, but the companies must deliver a pre-application presentation.

Firstly, waste management company Bywaters, which began work in Leytonstone in 1918, wants to build 685 homes and 4,000 square-metres of commercial space and a school in Leyton.

The development in Gateway Road would cost millions of pounds and some buildings could be as tall as 15 storeys high.

On the site, existing buildings and structures associated with the Bywaters waste recycling facility will be demolished and the Thames Water stormwater facility will be moved.

Another site which has been earmarked for development is the Lea Bridge Industrial Estate.

Developers Hill Residential Ltd is proposing a development of 300 homes for the site at 97 Lea Bridge Road.

Plans also include a gym, retail space, underground parking and buildings up to 18 storeys high.

The site is close to Lea Bridge Station, which is due to be re-opened in spring 2016.

When the council first entered talks about getting the station re-opened they were approached by a number of developers, looking to deliver homes nearby.

According to the report which will be delivered to the planning committee, this site is a ‘key’ gateway into the borough and it has been de-designated from its previous status as a Strategic Industrial Location (SIL).

It is situated in the Northern Olympic Fringe growth area which has been long earmarked for development and regeneration.