Boris 'would welcome' dog track on L&Q land
Boris Johnson has said he would welcome a move to re-open Walthamstow Stadium as a dog-racing venue.
The dog track, in east London, closed in 2008 and was bought by London & Quadrant, which has since submitted plans to Waltham Forest Council for a 294-home housing development.
Campaign group Save Our Stow, which is backing an alternative proposal by millionaire Bob Morton to re-introduce dog racing to the site, has repeatedly claimed L&Q’s plans are not viable. The group has cited a letter from a council officer saying L&Q’s viability assessment indicates the scheme cannot afford to provide section 106 contributions.
Mr Johnson, in a letter to SOS, said: ‘I am aware of the criticism of the costs of the scheme and have asked Waltham Forest to share the viability assessment of the scheme.’
He added: ‘I understand local residents’ concerns and their desire to see dog racing on this site, and I would welcome a user who was able to facilitate this.’ Mr Johnson said answers to the consultation and the viability concerns would be ‘major issues’ in his determination of the application when it is referred to him.
A spokesperson for L&Q said its proposal for the site will provide section 106 contributions. ‘We are currently working through the details on this as part of the normal negotiations with the planning authority, ‘ he said.
L&Q’s plans are due to come before Waltham Forest Council’s planning committee on May 8.