Waltham Forest Echo

Waltham Forest Echo

New homes plan for Walthamstow estate revives after years-long rethink

Residents were last consulted on plans for new flats on the estate in December 2019

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A CGI illustration of one of three proposed new flat blocks (credit: Sixty Bricks)
By Victoria Munro 21 July 2022

Long-held plans to build new flat blocks on Walthamstow’s Priory Court Estate are finally coming to fruition later this month.Long-held plans to build new flat blocks on Walthamstow’s Priory Court Estate are finally coming to fruition later this month.

Sixty Bricks, a housing developer owned by Waltham Forest Council, intends to submit a planning application for three new flat blocks, built five and six storeys high, on 29th August.Sixty Bricks, a housing developer owned by Waltham Forest Council, intends to submit a planning application for three new flat blocks, built five and six storeys high, on 29th August.

Residents were first consulted on the plans in December 2019, when the council intended to build 118 new flats, although this has since been reduced to 83.Residents were first consulted on the plans in December 2019, when the council intended to build 118 new flats, although this has since been reduced to 83.

Sixty Bricks now also proposes “site-wide” changes to give pedestrians “priority over vehicles”, including turning three existing parking courts into “shared vehicle [and] pedestrian space”.Sixty Bricks now also proposes “site-wide” changes to give pedestrians “priority over vehicles”, including turning three existing parking courts into “shared vehicle [and] pedestrian space”.

While the new flats will not have attached parking, Waltham Forest Council is also consulting separately on plans to introduce a parking permit scheme for residents of the existing estate buildings.While the new flats will not have attached parking, Waltham Forest Council is also consulting separately on plans to introduce a parking permit scheme for residents of the existing estate buildings.

A CGI illustration of a proposed new block (credit: Sixty Bricks)A CGI illustration of a proposed new block (credit: Sixty Bricks)

The consultation proposals read: “The new homes will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments… All homes will feature private gardens or balconies and also have access to landscaped communal gardens and play areas. The consultation proposals read: “The new homes will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments… All homes will feature private gardens or balconies and also have access to landscaped communal gardens and play areas. 

“The landscape proposals will provide a new multi-use games area, public play park, a ‘play way’ and as well as improved access and connectivity around the site.”“The landscape proposals will provide a new multi-use games area, public play park, a ‘play way’ and as well as improved access and connectivity around the site.”

Just over 40 of the new flats will be offered at “affordable rates”, although it is unclear whether they will still be offered first to local residents, as was promised back in 2020.Just over 40 of the new flats will be offered at “affordable rates”, although it is unclear whether they will still be offered first to local residents, as was promised back in 2020.

If the application is agreed, work will start in spring next year and is expected to take two and a half years.If the application is agreed, work will start in spring next year and is expected to take two and a half years.

Residents can find out more on the Sixty Bricks website and should submit any feedback by 12th August, either through the website or by emailing priorycourt@newmanfrancis.orgResidents can find out more on the Sixty Bricks website and should submit any feedback by 12th August, either through the website or by emailing priorycourt@newmanfrancis.org