Regeneration: Central Parade, Walthamstow

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Background

In late 2015 the Council informed residents of the pending, potential redevelopment at Central Parade.  On 5 November 2015 an initial demolition notice was served on all secure residential tenants and leaseholders within Central Parade. 

At the Council’s Cabinet meeting on 12 July 2016, approval was granted to commence a two stage design and build process to redevelop Central Parade, and to acquire back, all interests including shops and flats where possible by agreement.

During those discussions, an independent organisation called The Twentieth Century Society submitted an application for the building to be nationally listed. Historic England visited the site and on 18 October 2017 placed Central Parade on their register as a Grade II listed building of special architectural or historic interest. As a result, the Council has decided to reconsider the potential redevelopment of the building and revoke the demolition notice.

What is planned:

The planning approval is for:

  • Demolition of existing garages to the rear of Grade II listed Central Parade redevelopment to provide a mixed-use building up to five storeys comprising 167 sqm flexible commercial unit at ground level
  • 19 flats, of which 50 per cent will be affordable
  • Associated bicycle parking, plant and refuse storage
  • Public realm improvements
  • Relocation of electrical sub-station.
  • Conversion of part of south western corner of Central Parade to provide two flats.
  • Works to ground floor services and elevations of Central Parade.

What happens when?

  • January 2020: Planning applications reference number 194012 and reference number 194013 submitted and public comments invited
  • March 2020: Site made secure with hoardings. Existing garages and sheds demolished.
  • May 2020: The Planning Committee discussed the Central Parade planning application at its meeting on Tuesday 5 May 2020.
    The committee decided that, subject to planning conditions being met, the scheme should be approved.
    See the report to planning committee from page 23 

Update on works:

The garages and pram sheds, which were magnets for Anti-Social Behaviour, have been demolished and site secured.

Moving the electricity sub-station is one of the first jobs that will take place inside the compound before building work begins on the new homes and commercial space approved for the site.

At the same time work is being done to convert unused offices in the Listed Building into new homes and to do maintenance on the other existing homes.

Early September will see scaffolding erected from the first floor upwards to allow this work to take place.

There should be no disturbance to the shops on the ground floor which will continue trading and operating under COVID-10 rules.

Demolition of the garages behind Central Parade began on Monday 9 March 2020 when the site was made secure. Work then stopped due to the COVID-19 emergency. When work resumes it will take around six weeks to complete.

Diversion of below ground gas pipes and preparations for moving the electricity sub-station will follow after completion of the demolition works.

Work will take place between 8.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday with no working at weekends.

Occasionally, lorries will be reversing on to the site between 10am and 3pm with staff supervising those lorry movements.

For security reason the demolition site will be fenced off and residents are asked to make sure that children especially are kept away from the site.

During the work there will be parking restrictions in place.

Please make sure you abide by those restrictions or your vehicle may be removed which will then mean you have to pay a charge to get it back.

Essential deliveries can still take place to the rear area by arrangement but there will not be parking for residents or staff.

Protecting Central Parade's heritage

The clock tower at Central Parade is one of the main features of the building.

The ceramic tiles, many of which show heraldic shields that have strong links with the borough, are a key reason why the building has a Grade II Listing.

During the work to create new homes at Central Parade the tiles will be protected as scaffolding is erected to reduce the risk of any damage.

Where minor damage already exists investigations will take place to see if appropriate repairs can be done while the scaffolding is in place.

Engagement Meetings

31 October 2019:  A drop-in event to seek the views of residents on amended proposals

See the information boards showing the changes amended proposals

11 July 2019:  A drop-in event to seek the views of residents on initial proposals for developments.

See the ideas originally proposed for this site.

13 March 2019: update meeting with Central Parade residents.

15 March 2018: update meeting with Central Parade residents and addressing concerns anti-social behaviour, parking management and waste collection

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