Regeneration: The Mall, Walthamstow

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Background

The plans to redevelop the Mall in the heart of Walthamstow were 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.

It will bring £200 million of private investment, provide 8,000 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.

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 8,000 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 Housing

Capital and Regional, which owns the Mall, has plans to build up to 502 new homes over the redeveloped Mall.

An increase in the level of affordable housing from 20% to 30% has been achieved following negotiations between the Greater London Authority, Waltham Forest Council and the developer.

An additional £7.3 million contribution from the development will be used to build new homes for affordable rent in Walthamstow, ensuring we deliver the Council’s priority of delivering truly affordable new homes.

The Council is looking at the potential for its housing development company Sixty Bricks to support delivery of the additional affordable rent homes linked to the Mall

First priority for all affordable homes built in the borough will go to residents.

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.  Waltham Forest Council has agreed that for every tree removed from the site five more will be planted elsewhere in the Borough, to help the Council reach 50,000 trees in the borough.

The new children’s play area will be built taking in the views of the Kids Committee made up of local families in Walthamstow.

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.

Walthamstow Central Station

As part of the agreement to redevelop the Mall, Transport for London has also agreed to spend £15 million to improve Walthamstow Central Station by creating a new entrance that will increase accessibility and reduce overcrowding.

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 remains open until Sunday 17 November 2019 and responses can be made online.

Download the exhibition boards from these events.

Read our replies to Frequently Asked Questions

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Further information:

Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown