Regeneration: St James Street improvements

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St James Street, which is located at the Western end of Walthamstow High Street, used to have dilapidated buildings and the local economy was struggling.

Many of the buildings are art deco and date as far back as 1929.

The Council worked with local businesses and residents to create a £2.9 million regeneration programme for the area which was completed in September 2017.

What work was done?

The investment to the area helped repair and improve 59 properties and restore a number of historic features.

This included restoring the original brickwork as well as removal of unnecessary signage and clutter, installation of new shopfronts, and architectural lighting to landmark buildings.

It also transformed the St James St/High Street junction to improve access with new heritage paving and lighting columns, benches, landscaping, shared pedestrian/cyclist crossings and measures to encourage and give priority to pedestrians/cyclists.

The St James Street Business Forum was set up, with bespoke business support and training given to 36 local businesses to help the improve the way they market and run their business

The scheme has also helped create employment and training opportunities for local residents, with the creative of two work experience placements and 22 people volunteering, including six gaining skills in oral history.

Who paid for the work?

The funding included a grant of £1.46million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £1.36million from the Council. Freeholders and Leaseholders also contributed £90,000 and 22 volunteers gave their time to the scheme which equated to £8,000.

The Heritage Lottery Fund chose the St James Street improvements to feature in a video celebrating its 25th anniversary. 

How you helped

Twenty-two volunteers donated time worth an estimated £8,000 for the scheme.

Many more people responded to the consultations which took place before the work began.

The project also worked with Mission Grove Primary School to deliver heritage awareness activities to 90 pupils.

Future meetings

Details of future meetings for residents will be added here when known and you will be able to book your free place here.



Further details

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The Council has prepared a Draft St James Quarter Public Realm Design Guide (Part APart B and Part C) provides guidance for the enhancement of public areas in the St James Quarter area of Walthamstow Town Centre.

The Guide follows on from the New South Grove / St James Quarter Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), adopted in May 2017, to provide further detailed design guidance to implement the vision of the SPD in relation to public areas and local amenity.

It aims to improve the key north-south and east-west pedestrian and cycle links through the area and set out good design principles for public realm and links between sites.


A public consultation was held between Monday 22 July 2019 and 5pm on Monday 30 September 2019.

There were three resident drop in events during the consultation period. All were being held at The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HA on:

  • Saturday 10 August, 10.30am to 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 14 August, 4.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 17 September, 4.30pm to 7.30pm

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