The Mall planning application – objection by AE17

Following our mid-June blog entry where we made you aware of the planning submission by Capital & Regional, representatives of AE17 met to consider a formal response to the plans.

The group support the fundamental concept of the redevelopment and strengthening of The Mall as a major retail destination in the Town Centre. In principle, the group support the redesign and improvement to the public realm around Town Square. Finally, in principle we also support the provision of high density new housing development (particularly affordable housing) in an accessible location close to major public transport nodes. However, AE17 has decided to register its objection to the application on a number of grounds.

The objection has been issued to London Borough of Waltham Forest today and a copy of the letter can be viewed here:

AE17 20170711 WF171355 response

We will be continue to provide updates as necessary over the coming weeks and months.



The Mall – planning application

The long awaited planing application has finally been submitted to LB Waltham Forest. The detailed part of the application is for part demolition of The Mall, and its replacement and extension by an additional 8,769 sqm to be used for shops, food and drink and leisure, creation of 42 residential units up to a maximum height of 49 metres, redesign of Town Square, including new children’s play space, landscaping and lighting. A further element of the application in in outline. Permission is sought for up to 460 residential units within two “low” buildings and two “tall” buildings above the podium of The Ball. The tall buildings could rise up to 132.5m.

You may recall back in March, AE17 wrote to the developers Capital & Regional following the public consultation event, expressing its concerns over the form of the application (specifically an outline application for the residential towers) as well as providing some commentary regarding the design, layout and appearance of the proposals. As a reminder, our previous blog on the plans, which includes our letter to Capital & Regional, can be found here:

The group will now be considering a formal representation to the plans at its next meeting on 29th June. Our initial view is that we are disappointed that very little appears to have changed since the public consultation. In particular, Capital & Regional has not taken on board our suggestion that a full detailed application should have been submitted. In the meantime, to save you the pain of navigating WF’s website, the key documentation has been downloaded at the links below. Please be patient when downloading as the file sizes are substantial.

Proposed plans

Design Code

You can access all of the application documents by going to the following link and inserting the application ID 171355.


We will be updating this blog in due course and will include our final representation when it has been submitted to WF.

Strettons Site – Redevelopment

We have heard news of proposed redevelopment of the site of the existing Strettons building in central Walthamstow, opposite the Goose pub. A public exhibition is expected, with a planning application following.

A 13 storey tower is proposed (which is the same height of the Travelodge building) incorporating a ground floor restaurant and a 112 bedroom Premier Inn hotel, with five storeys of office space.

This proposal forms part of the general redevelopment of the gyratory, which is currently underway. The office building on the other side of the railway, Juniper House, is also to be redeveloped.

Strettons are working with Allies & Morrison Architects.

We await any further information, and will add anything we find here.

4-10 Forest Road – Public Consultation

Update 24.03.17 – We have kindly been sent the information displayed at the exhibition for this consultation. You can download it here. You will see that the proposals include purpose built student accommodation for Fresh Student Living and 378sqm of commercial space in buildings between 9 and 17 storeys in height.

The developers were asking for feedback at the exhibition but the form is here also, to be submitted no later than 05 April 2017.


Stop Press!  We understand that the Watkin Jones Group are holding a public consultation tomorrow regarding plans for redevelopment of the site adjacent 4-10 Forest Road (south side of Forest Road, next to Blackhorse Road station), ahead of a formal planning application.

We are told that the proposed redevelopment will comprise approximately 440 bed spaces of purpose-built student accommodation and commercial space at ground floor level.

The event takes place tomorrow (Wednesday 22 March 2017) at Gnome House (7 Blackhorse Lane) from 3.30 until 7pm.

222 Wood Street – Public Exhibition

Another public consultation for your diaries, this time for a proposed mixed use development at 220 Wood Street.

The proposals include the demolition of the existing buildings and the construction of a four-storey mixed-use development, comprising of 21 new homes, ground floor office space fronting Wood Street and a landscaped communal courtyard.

The exhibition will be held at 14th Walthamstow Scout Group Hall on Tuesday 14 March between 2:30pm and 8:00pm. As always, we urge the local community to visit the exhibition and provide their comments on the plans.

The invite leaflet is attached.

220 Wood Street Letter

South Grove – Public Consultation

Hadley Property Group ate holding a public consultation event in relation to its amended plans for the South Grove car park site. Planning permission has been granted on this site for 473 new homes (including 97 affordable homes), a new linear park, new walking and cycling routes as well as flexible commercial space.

The amended plans will incorporate an extra 50 homes on the site, which Hadley says will provide an additional 86 affordable homes, increasing the overall number from 97 to 183 homes.

The public exhibition will take place on Thursday 9 March between 4pm – 8pm.

This will be held at The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, London, E17 7HA.

We urge the local community to visit the exhibition and give their views on the revised proposals.

The Mall – Public Consultation

Capital & Regional, who are the owners of The Mall shopping centre in Walthamstow Town Centre, have just consulted on its latest development proposals for the site. Members of AE17 met with the developer’s representatives on 24th February, following which a public consultation took place in the shopping centre on 24th and 25th February.

It was great to see so many local people turn up to the exhibition and air their views on the plans. For those that couldn’t make it, the presentation boards can be viewed at this link:

Following the consultation, AE17 has written to Capital & Regional to formally present its response to the latest plans. The letter is attached here.

There is still time for members of the public to comment on the plans by sending an email to