A PROPERTY developer has announced plans to build 450 homes on a brownfield site close to St James Street Station in Walthamstow.
Hadley Property Group wants to construct the homes in South Grove on the site of a large, but underused, car park. The scheme would also involve demolishing part of the adjacent industrial estate, including Alpha Business Centre.
Previous plans for a Morrisons supermarket and 245 homes in South Grove were approved by Waltham Forest Council but never came to fruition after the retail giant withdrew from the scheme earlier this year.
That previous proposal was opposed by many local residents for its size and height, at up to 11 storeys. But in a statement published this week, Hadley announced its intention to build nearly twice as many homes as Morrisons had intended, including one building up to 12 storeys tall.
Danielle Torpey, a senior development manager at Hadley Property Group, said: “We believe there is a fantastic opportunity at South Grove to revitalise this part of the town centre with new homes for Londoners, including affordable housing, as well as new landscaped public spaces in a car-free and cycle-friendly development.
“We want to ensure local people benefit from our proposals, so while we are at this early stage in the design process please do come along to one of our public exhibitions and tell us what you think.”
As well as 450 homes, Hadley is also promising new landscaped public spaces and “a café or small shop”.
The development, which will be subject to gaining planning permission from Waltham Forest Council, will be “car-free” except for a small number of parking spaces for disabled residents.
Separately, Hadley states it is exploring the possibility of building a new health centre in the local area, which would replace the existing St James Street health centre.
Further plans for an adjacent South Grove site are already subject to a planning application by developer Metropolitan and Suburban, and propose 190 homes in buildings up to eight storeys high.
It means the total number of homes now being planned for South Grove is 640.
A public consultation on the new proposals to regenerate land at South Grove started this week. Events are taking place on Thursday 26th November and Saturday 28th November.
South Grove consultation events:
Thursday 26th November: 5pm to 8pm, The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, London, E17 7HA
Saturday 28th November: 10am to 3pm, Walthamstow Library, High St, Walthamstow, E17 7JN
For more information:
Call 0800 307 7589