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Along with the station entrance, the council is developing these sites to support the creation of a central area for the community with a character and amenities that will benefit residents, be less dominated by traffic, and bring new opportunities to the area. This development is an exciting opportunity to support the borough’s Covid 19 economic recovery action plan and add to the positive improvements made in Lea Bridge.
Additionally, the development will make sure there are opportunities for local people and will create jobs for up to 45 local residents, 17 apprenticeship, 15 meaningful work placements and 138 training opportunities.
Proposals for the development for which Planning was submitted include:
The scheme will be subject to the statutory planning process. This will include a referral to the Mayor of London and approval by the Greater London Authority, who will agree the final scheme.
The planning application for a new station entrance was approved on 14 January 2021.
The proposals for the new entrance include a ticket hall, provision for automatic ticket gate lines, a retail unit on the ground floor, and a basement level cycle hub with 130 bicycle parking spaces, an increase from the 48 that are there currently.
The new station entrance will be accessible via the station concourse and will connect to Network Rail’s existing footbridge. Cycle hangars for disabled cyclists and new bike stands will also be incorporated outside the new station entrance within the proposed public plaza.
There will be a feature wall within the station entrance that will celebrate the history, communities and achievements of the local area. In summer 2020, public engagement was done about what this wall should look like and how residents could be involved in its design.
A public engagement event was held on 29 September 2020 to share details of the planning application for the station entrance.
Site 1 will include the new station entrance and bicycle hub, public space, commercial space and housing.
Site 2 will include a cultural, creative and commercial space, residential and improved open green space
Site 3 will include residential and commercial space
Following a robust procurement process, in May 2020 the council selected London Square Developments Ltd as development partners for these sites. The executive decision reports approving this can be viewed on our democracy website.
Consultation and engagement activities have included:
The council sought views from residents, local businesses, and community groups on initial proposals for the Lea Bridge Station sites as the first stage of public engagement, following the conclusion of the broader consultation undertaken for the Lea Bridge and Leyton Vision.
An initial brief was developed with BPR Architects and AR Urbanism and was summarised at public engagement event on 2 December 2017 at Sybourn Primary School and were on display at Lea Bridge Library until 24 January 2018.
Proposals for the Lea Bridge Station sites have been influenced by these engagement events and by early discussions with developers to understand the interest in developing these sites.
In response to this feedback, the council commissioned further surveys, including a tree survey and a Flood Risk Assessment. The surveys were made available to potential development partners, with their recommendations incorporated into the development brief.
Following the formal appointment of London Square Development Ltd under a Development Agreement in March 2021, London Square with support from the Council undertook a series of engagements with the local community in the lead up to the planning submission.
Due to the current pandemic, the engagement sessions were done via Zoom and Webinars however there are plans to undertake further engagement with the local community to shape the Cultural Hub that will be delivered in 2025.
Further details on the full engagement process can be found in the Statement of Community Involvement in this development's planning application.