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Sketch suggests Walthamstow estate may be built on

Early-stage designs suggest 88 flats will be built on top of existing estate buildings

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By Victoria Munro 24 March 2022

Proposals to build on top of an existing Waltham Forest estate have won millions in funding - but the council has refused to reveal where.Proposals to build on top of an existing Waltham Forest estate have won millions in funding - but the council has refused to reveal where.

On 28th February, development company Skyroom announced it had awarded Waltham Forest Council part of a £100million fund to help build new homes on top of existing buildings.On 28th February, development company Skyroom announced it had awarded Waltham Forest Council part of a £100million fund to help build new homes on top of existing buildings.

The council submitted a proposal for 88 new flats on top of “several low-rise residential buildings within an estate”, of which “at least” half would be affordable and “allocated to key workers as a priority”.The council submitted a proposal for 88 new flats on top of “several low-rise residential buildings within an estate”, of which “at least” half would be affordable and “allocated to key workers as a priority”.

Skyroom and Waltham Forest Council both refused to reveal which estate may be built on, with a Skyroom spokesperson citing the reaction of residents as the main reason for secrecy.Skyroom and Waltham Forest Council both refused to reveal which estate may be built on, with a Skyroom spokesperson citing the reaction of residents as the main reason for secrecy.

However, following the original publication of this article, an eagle-eyed reader spotted that the sketch created by Skyroom depicts buildings in Radbourne Crescent, Walthamstow.However, following the original publication of this article, an eagle-eyed reader spotted that the sketch created by Skyroom depicts buildings in Radbourne Crescent, Walthamstow.

A sketch of the proposals (credit: Skyroom)A sketch of the proposals (credit: Skyroom)

Responding to a Freedom of Information Request submitted by the Echo, a council spokesperson said: “As these proposals are still at a very early stage, it would not be in the public interest to disclose the information requested at this time.Responding to a Freedom of Information Request submitted by the Echo, a council spokesperson said: “As these proposals are still at a very early stage, it would not be in the public interest to disclose the information requested at this time.

“The council is still assessing the viability of taking the proposals further and proposals may not progress beyond initial stages of investigation.“The council is still assessing the viability of taking the proposals further and proposals may not progress beyond initial stages of investigation.

“The assessment of options requires significantly more detail before meaningful engagement can be undertaken. The Council requires time to develop proposals to the stage where appropriate consultation can take place.“The assessment of options requires significantly more detail before meaningful engagement can be undertaken. The Council requires time to develop proposals to the stage where appropriate consultation can take place.

“However, any decision to move forward will be subject to a public meeting of the council’s cabinet. “However, any decision to move forward will be subject to a public meeting of the council’s cabinet. 

“Prior to a decision being made full consultation will be carried out with any residents affected when numerous opportunities will be made available to residents to engage with fully developed proposals.”“Prior to a decision being made full consultation will be carried out with any residents affected when numerous opportunities will be made available to residents to engage with fully developed proposals.”

The other recipient of Skyroom’s fund was Lambeth Council, who submitted early-stage designs for 23 new homes on top of a five-storey building. The other recipient of Skyroom’s fund was Lambeth Council, who submitted early-stage designs for 23 new homes on top of a five-storey building. 

Skyroom aims to have planning applications for both projects submitted later this year.Skyroom aims to have planning applications for both projects submitted later this year.

Responding to the news in February, Simon Miller, the council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “Skyroom’s solution is a win-win-win for Waltham Forest, our residents, and local communities. Responding to the news in February, Simon Miller, the council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “Skyroom’s solution is a win-win-win for Waltham Forest, our residents, and local communities. 

“We can direct this investment to improve, protect, and modernise buildings in our portfolio and new homes can be offered to families and key workers on our housing waiting list.”“We can direct this investment to improve, protect, and modernise buildings in our portfolio and new homes can be offered to families and key workers on our housing waiting list.”