SOS has now received a copy of the letter that English Heritage sent to the Planning Department, London Borough of Waltham Forest.
To view the letter please click here
A few highlights of interest:
‘Walthamstow Stadium has special historic interest as the best surviving and most celebrated Inter-War greyhound stadium, a nationally loved building type expressive of developments in inter-War mass culture and entertainment. It is a major East London landmark and is noted for its neon lighting of 1951’
‘We assume that you have come to your own view on the cartilage listing tests with regard to the pre-1948 structures on the site – we consider that there would be a convincing case that they would be curtilage listed buildings. We consider that they are heritage assets’
‘Walthamstow Stadium is a significant complex in the history of greyhound racing and mass entertainment in England and can be considered in totality as a heritage asset. Its historical and communal values are of significant importance and are evidenced in the stadium layout and the trackside stands and associated buildings as well as in the designated heritage assets. Its architectural significance is also important with its Art-Deco and streamlined buildings and consistent detailing, albeit with altered trackside stands’
English Heritage Conclusion
‘In its current form we would be unable to support a planning application for these proposals and would urge you to refuse it if the scheme came in for permission’
Saveourstow is delighted that English Heritage has rejected London & Quadrants attempts at trying to change the Iconic “Stow ” from the use of a Greyhound track to a housing estate.
If L&Q want to stop wasting more tax payer money they should now concede and give the residents back their heritage. It is now clear L&Q will never obtain planning permission. The whole site is classed as a Historical asset by English heritage and should be used for its original use in the report attached.
The Board of L&Q should hold their heads in shame for spending 18.1 million of part tax payer money on a viable greyhound track and still willing to waste more by bleeding the public purse. The Registered Social landlord should be stopped now or stripped of entire funding from any development.
Boris Johnson must protect an historic asset of England from lying in ruins and costing the tax payer millions by immediately “calling in the site”. Under his leadership L&Q have been allowed to squander million of public money and doing so by the day.
The Mayor should honor his pledge when electioneering at the famous stadium and now “stop his blood from running cold” by action on behalf of the public purse and the residents of London.