What is planned?
The approved application includes:
- providing 91 new homes for local people with 50 per cent of these being affordable homes, including three and four bedroom properties suitable for families
- 23 will be for affordable rent
- providing a 53-place pre-school nursery with its own play-area on a site close to Walthamstow Central Station making it easy for commuters to use
- providing more green space, including a pocket park at the junction of First Avenue and Hoe Street
- improving the appearance of the area around the gyratory traffic system
- providing new commercial units facing Hoe Street which could provide space for local businesses and employment opportunities for residents
- providing cycle parking
The Council keeping ownership of the land when the development is completed.
The scheme will bring significant benefits for local residents and the wider environment, including air-source heat pumps and solar panels which will provide heating and hot water for the apartments and cooling to the nursery and commercial elements. It is a car free scheme, except for people with disabilities.
The scheme, which complements the improvements to the gyratory system due for completion in Summer 2019, will revitalise a key part of Walthamstow Town Centre by providing new commercial space on Hoe Street.
The finished building will be a quality design landmark as well as providing new amenity space and a much needed nursery.
Who is doing the work?
Hill Partnerships Limited has been awarded the design and build contract for this project.
What happens when?
- Monday 30 July 2018: The first consultation meeting took place to share the vision for the site and receive initial views from residents.
- Monday 22 October 2018: There was a follow up consultation giving more details of the proposed scheme including changes made following previous consultations with residents.
- Friday 21 December 2018: A planning application, reference number 183989 was validated and further public consultation took place
- Tuesday 7 May 2019: Planning approval was given, subject to a Section 106 agreement and approval by the Mayor of London, for the scheme.
- Monday 8 July 2019: Having considered the proposed development, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, agrees that planning decisions can be made by Waltham Forest Council.
- July/August 2019: Work starts on site preparing for demolition work.
- 1 November 2019: Demolition work begins.
- 20 December 2019: Demolition work scheduled to end.
- 6 January 2020: Piling work due to start to provide foundations for the development.
- Spring 2020: Construction begins.
- Spring 2022: Construction completed.
- February 2020: Piling began and was scheduled to take 10 weeks.This was suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic. Rubble crushing of demolished brick and concrete to make foundations of new development takes place. Network Rail cuts back track side shrubs etc for safety reasons.
- Monday 11 May 2020: Work restarted on site with contractors following guidance from government and the Construction Leadership Council.
- Tuesday 14 July 2020: Tower crane arrives and is assembled over next three days.
- July to March 2020: steady construction works
- April to May 2021: Soft market testing of the main commercial units – floor plans and marketing particulars on the Council’s website
- September 2021: Topping out ceremony
Hoe Street Pocket Park
On 6 March 2019 residents and businesses were able to comment on initial outline ideas for the proposed Pocket Park at the junction of Hoe Street and First Avenue, near Bru Café.
The design proposals took on board comments from residents and includes keeping the Plane trees fronting Hoe Street while making the area a pleasant through route for cyclists and pedestrians as well as a place where people can sit.
Work was due to start on the Pocket Park at the junction of Hoe Street and First Avenue during February 2020.
Work was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and re-started in late May 2020.
Keeping you informed
Keeping you informed
Please see the Juniper House E17 website for further information about the proposals, and the opportunity to comment.
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