Estate homes plan modified

Priory Court Estate, Walthamstow
Priory Court Estate, Walthamstow

Concerns from residents “taken on board” as council submits planning application, reports James Cracknell

Waltham Forest Council has modified its proposal for new homes on a Walthamstow housing estate after residents signed a petition in protest.

The council says changes to its plans for 118 new homes at Priory Court Estate have been made following feedback given by residents at an exhibition last autumn. A petition stated that residents had “expressed deep concerns about the effect this redevelopment will have on access to transportation, air quality and general wellbeing”. Concerns centred on the new tower blocks being built on some of the only existing green space within the estate and the housing being unaffordable to estate residents.

Eight major changes have now been made to the proposals and these were shared at a second meeting with residents last month. A planning application has now been submitted, based on these changes. They include increasing the size of the community centre and nursery, leaving more green space in the development and providing a new multi-use games area.

Simon Miller, cabinet member for economic growth and housing delivery, said: “The meetings we hold are an opportunity for residents to share their views on the proposals and, where possible, we amend our ideas to take account of residents’ views.

“That is what we have done at Priory Court with eight major changes to the original scheme. Comments raised at the engagement drop-in event in December will be taken on board and may lead to further changes before a planning application is submitted in spring 2020.”

The new homes will be offered first to local residents and the scheme is set to include 52% ‘affordable’ housing. Council-owned housing developer Sixty Bricks is set to lead the redevelopment.

For more information about the Priory Court Estate regeneration plans:
Visit walthamforest.gov.uk/content/regeneration-priory-court-walthamstow