Regeneration: The Mall, Walthamstow

The Mall

Background

The plans to redevelop the Mall in the heart of Walthamstow were first approved by Waltham Forest Council Planning Committee in December. 

The decision was agreed by the Mayor of London in March 2018.

The development will bring significant investment and opportunity to businesses and residents alike.

This approved scheme would bring £200 million of private investment, provide 5,000 sq metres of new retail space, 350 new permanent retail jobs, 500 new homes, a new children’s play area and re-landscaped town square.

Since then, the Capital and Regional applicant submitted two new applications with Transport for London, building on the previous planning permission and taking on board a lot of changes requested by local residents and the Council. 

The plans to redevelop The Mall in the heart of Walthamstow were approved by Waltham Forest Council’s Planning Committee on Wednesday 27 January 2021. The development will bring significant investment and opportunity to businesses and residents alike.    

This approved scheme will bring £200 million of private investment, provide 5,000 sq metres of new retail space, 350 new permanent retail jobs, 500 new jobs during construction, 538 new homes, a new children’s play area and re-landscaped town square.    

Capital and Regional, which owns The Mall shopping centre in Walthamstow, submitted two new planning applications for works at The Mall and, working with Transport for London, to enable the delivery of a new step free entrance to the Victoria Line at Walthamstow Central Station. These applications replaced proposals that were originally granted planning permission in 2018.  The Mall application will now be referred to the Mayor of London, who will make a final decision on whether planning permission can be granted. 

These new applications built on the previous planning permission, taking on board local resident consultation feedback and changes requested by the Council, such as retaining most of the lime tree in the avenue. Capital and Regional have worked with the Council to maximise the amount of affordable housing generated by the scheme, including below market rent homes in the development and over £7m to deliver further affordable housing nearby. 

The approved planning applications propose changes to the previously consented redevelopment that will: 

  • Facilitate a potential new step-free entrance to Walthamstow Central underground station at the entrance to The Mall 
  • Retain the avenue of lime trees in the Town Square and provide a new and improved children’s play area as part of the rejuvenation of Walthamstow’s main public space 
  • Move the residential towers back from the Town Square and create a more active street frontage on Selborne Road 
  • Provide 538 homes that are for local people to rent, including 99 homes discounted below market rent levels, alongside a contribution of £7.3 million to enable delivery of additional affordable homes in the wider area 

Download the statutory planning consultation letter for application 202491

See details of the application and share your views

Application reference number 202489 is for:

  • provision of a new London Underground operational railway station box with new underground connection to London Underground platforms*
  • associated ancillary works and structures.

* this will provide an underground box to provide improved access to tube station platforms.

Download the statutory planning consultation letter for application 202489

See details of the application and share your views 

The application will need to be referred to the Mayor of London for consideration. Further details are available on the Mayor of London’s website

From Monday 5 October 2020, details of the Planning Application can be viewed from the web page

Walthamstow Mall: Saving the Avenue of Lime trees

The Council has been working extensively with Transport for London (TfL) and the owners of the site, Capital and Regional (C&R), on finalising proposals for the redevelopment of the Mall.
Following ongoing discussions and listening to feedback from residents, C & R’s planning application has been reviewed and amended so the majority of the lime trees in the avenue are retained. Waltham Forest Council is committed to ensuring the new development meets the highest environmental standards.

The planning proposals include a new TfL design for the station with a second entrance to Walthamstow Central station from the Mall. The new designs will be available for the public to see in the new year.

New Shopping Mall

The Mall will bring 5,000 sq metres of new retail space

The new Mall will deliver shopping units designed for major retailers alongside small local independent stores.

Redeveloping the Mall will give residents the choice of shopping locally, rather than travelling to shopping areas in Stratford and further afield.

The plans for an increase in retail businesses at the Mall will create 350 new permanent jobs in the area.

New Town Square

The current Town Square is not fit for purpose. It is outdated, badly designed and a magnet for anti-social behaviour.

The new Town Square will have an increased number of trees and be designed to create a space better suited for outdoor events.  

New Jobs

The scheme will create 350 new permanent retail jobs.

When construction is taking place there will be around 500 jobs created, including some apprenticeships.

Disruption to the Mall and the Station

We expect both the shopping centre and the station to remain open during the development of these new facilities.

Closing them would involve huge disruption to many people. Although this presents challenges during construction, we are confident any disruption will be minimal.

Who is Capital and Regional?

Capital and Regional has owned the Mall shopping centre in Walthamstow for more than 20 years.

Engagement events

Capital and Regional held two drop-in engagement events to share updated details of The Mall proposals at 202 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 4BS from on Friday 25 October and Saturday 26 October 2019.

The consultation closed on Sunday 17 November 2019.

Download the exhibition boards from these events.

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Further information:

Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Genstacia Bull