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Blackhorse Action Group | New developments for Blackhorse Lane?

Blackhorse Lane (1971)

In the five years since BAG formed as a residents association – in response to plans for a series of tower blocks up to 23 storeys high behind Hawarden Road – there have been several false dawns for the redevelopment of Blackhorse Lane. The only ‘improvements’ so far have been Green Ferry Way – a barely used through road – and the apparent confirmation that Walthamstow’s only dedicated music venue “The Standard” looks likely to become a Turkish Supermarket.

Converting the music venue into a Supermarket would clearly go against Waltham Forest Council’s masterplan for the Blackhorse Lane area.

In the last couple of weeks two developers have submitted “Screening Opinion” applications requiring the council to give their opinion on whether potential development should be subject to Environmental Impact Assessment. Screening Opinions are not subject to public consultation but are a pre-cursor to any potential planning application.

The first application from Buro Happold appears to relate to 3-7 Blackhorse Lane (although the grid co-ordinates are for a different location further up the road). It refers to demolition of existing industrial units “to make way for the development of 495 residential units, 15327 m2 students accommodation, 3640 m2 commercial floor space as well as pedestrian links and landscaping features“.
There are no further details, maps, or illustrations of either development.

28th Nov 2012
Planning Application: 
2012/1597/EIA Regs
Address: Site at 3 and 7 Blackhorse Lane Walthamstow London E17
Application Type: Screening opinion EIA Regs
Proposal:
Demolition of existing industrial and commercial units to make way for the development of 495 residential untis, 15327 m2 students accommodation, 3640 m2 commercial floor space as well as pedestrian links and landscaping features.
Applicant: Buro Happold
Location Co ordinates Easting 535795 Northing 190679
Case Officer / Tel Kelvin Bathie 020 8496 6720


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The second application is on the Ferry Lane Industrial Estate for two residential blocks upto eight storeys high.

26th Nov 2012 Planning Application: 2012/1602/EIA Regs
Address: Ferry Lane Industrial Estate (units 1-9) Wickford Way Walthamstow London E17
Application Type: Screening opinion EIA Regs
Proposal:
Demolition of existing industrial buildings and provision of 2 separate blocks ranging in height from 2 to 8 storeys to form 300 residential units of mixed tenure and size and approx 2890 sqm of a mix ground floor uses ( A1/B1/D1) with no more than 1000 sqm of A1 retail use.
Applicant: WSP
Location Co ordinates: Easting 535571 Northing 189357
Case Officer / Tel: Mr I Ansell 020 8496 6713


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It should be noted that there have been numerous proposals for the area, and a cursory search of the internet reveals a range of architects ‘visions’ for mostly residential projects, eg KSR Architects plans for Ferry Lane and Gort Scott’s incorporation of residential blocks into the existing buildings (housing people like Inky Cuttlefish) on Blackhorse Lane.

Gort Scott illustrations

We will hopefully have some more details before Christmas regarding Willowfield School’s move to the site behind Hawarden Road. Here’s a picture of the space last week (with thanks to Richard & Gill).
Proposed new site for Willowfield School, E17

One Response to New developments for Blackhorse Lane?

  1. Shiva says:

    Thanks for your thsohgtu. It’s helped me a lot.

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