Waltham Forest building fewer ‘tall buildings’ than neighbouring boroughs

An annual survey found Waltham Forest had only five ‘tall buildings’ in the pipeline last year
By Victoria Munro

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Waltham Forest is building fewer tall buildings than any of its neighbouring boroughs, an annual survey suggests.

The ninth London Tall Buildings Survey found only five buildings of more than 20 storeys in the borough’s pipeline last year, of which only one was under construction and two were still at the application stage.

This is lower than all neighbouring boroughs, including outer-London areas Redbridge and Haringey, who had eight and eleven tall buildings in their respective pipelines. The London borough at the top of the leaderboard was Tower Hamlets, with 98 tall buildings proposed.

The survey, run by New London Architecture (NLA) and property consultants Knight Frank, defines a tall building as anything of more than 20 storeys.

Explaining this benchmark, NLA’s Peter Murray said: “This is the height of many local authority residential towers which formed the majority of taller buildings in London up until the recent boom in the sector. 

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“We retain this definition, both because we wish to enable comparisons with previous studies but also because we think it is a sensible general definition.”

However, he added: “In the current London Plan, context is seen as important and, in low rise areas, anything over six storeys can now be described as a tall building.”

Notable tall buildings planned for the borough include the Mall redevelopment and the Lea Bridge Station development, both of which have now been granted planning permission. 

American firm BlackRock recently began consulting on plans for a whopping 38-storey tower on a Walthamstow industrial estate, although they have yet to submit an application.

The only East London borough with fewer taller buildings in the pipeline last year was Havering, which had none.

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