I am writing to you following the decision of Waltham Forest Council Planning Committee to approve theLondonand Quadrant proposal for the development of Walthamstow Stadium. The plans now return to City Hall and the final decision rests with your office. As you will be aware, there has been considerable opposition to the plans by residents who believe strongly that the L&Q proposal offers a poor deal for the area.
There are a number of aspects which are of particular concern. These include the lack of social housing, the complete absence of any social rented provision and the fact that only 24 flats will be at “affordable rates” of rent. Given that there are 21,000 people on the housing waiting list the L&Q plan falls well short of what the community in Walthamstow needs and deserves. If given your approval, the development would amount to a huge wasted opportunity to deliver high quality social housing in an area of London where need is most acute. Indeed, other proposals have been put forward for the site that would create jobs, entertainment facilities and a better mix of housing.
I appreciate you can only consider the L&Q proposal singularly, but it is important to appreciate that rejecting the application does not amount to a rejection of any future development of the site. It is crucial that the development that is given approval is not the first proposal to emerge, but the one that offers the greatest benefits to the local community.
I would ask that you consider these plans very carefully and listen to the arguments put forward by local campaigners who simply want to get the best deal for this historic site.