More homes planned for Walthamstow development

The developer rebuilding Marlowe Road estate in Walthamstow wants to build even more homes on the site than originally planned five years ago

Developer Countryside was given permission by Waltham Forest Council leaders to submit a new planning application at a cabinet meeting yesterday.

The original plan was to replace the 298 low-rise flats that surround Northwood Tower, which is not being rebuilt, with 448 new homes.

However, halfway through the rebuild, Countryside wants to add another 141 flats, including 13 would be for social rent and 43 for shared-ownership.

Cllr Louise Mitchell, cabinet member for housing and homelessness, said: “We’ve already provided homes that are desperately needed for our residents. What we’re particularly proud of in Marlowe Road is the genuinely mixed tenure alongside Countryside’s private homes.

“What this is doing is to look at the redesign of the project to bring forward some additional homes and to increase the density on the project.

“It is extremely important as it will increase the number of socially rented homes, which will help achieve that really mixed tenure we’re hoping for.”

Rebuilding the estate has been split into five phases, with the first two phases completed in 2018 and the third due to be completed in March 2022.

The changes, if given planning permission, will affect the last two phases of the rebuild, resulting in a “significant increase in the amount of usable greenspace”.

According to a report prepared for cabinet, the current scheme will not make a profit and the remaining work could be delayed “for an indefinite period”.

The Greater London Authority has given a grant of £2.9million for the additional work, with the council budgeting £1.3million.

Josh Mellor

Local Democracy Reporter