Housing association submits revised application for 300-home Walthamstow regeneration

Housing association L&Q has submitted its revised planning application for its controversial Conran-designed redevelopment of the Walthamstow dog track in east London.

The application confirms L&Q’s previously stated intention to reduce the number of homes planned on the site from 450 to 300, and the development will also include a leisure centre and 60-place nursery.

The development has been strongly opposed by some local residents who want to see the reopening of the dog track. Their case has been supported by high-profile politicians including work and pensions secretary and local MP Iain Duncan-Smith, and London mayor Boris Johnson.

L&Q said the submission followed months of public consultation. However, L&Q was forced to cancel a community consultation event in December after it said staff were threatened by residents.

Mike Johnson, development director at L&Q said: “Our community consultation has included surveys, one to one meetings with local people, residents’ focus groups as well as meetings with students, local businesses, organisations and resident associations. As a result of this ongoing consultation we have revised our plans to incorporate some of the feedback we have received.

“The results from the most recent completed comments cards following the public exhibition and consultation in March 2011 show that 58% of respondents liked our proposals.”

Lee Davies, director at Conran & Partners said, “These exciting proposals will see this iconic heritage asset preserved and brought back to life for the wider community and future generations to appreciate and use.”

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