Planners approve L&Q's dog track plans
Controversial plans to build a housing estate on the site of a former iconic dog track in London have been given the green light.
London & Quadrant’s planning application for a 294-home development at Walthamstow Stadium was narrowly approved by a committee of Waltham Forest Council last night.
Ahead of the meeting Iain Duncan Smith, Conservative MP for Chingford, and Labour MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy had issued a joint statement criticising L&Q for not including social rented homes in the scheme.
In a heated planning meeting, the application was passed by four votes to three and will now be referred to London mayor Boris Johnson and the Greater London Assembly.
Waltham Forest Council officers recommended the application was passed subject to L&Q meeting 46 conditions and paying more than £3.8 million in section 106 agreements.
The council has slashed the developers’ affordable housing requirement to just 60 homes, far fewer than the council’s guideline that 50 per cent of homes in new developments should be affordable.
Members of campaigning group Save Our Stow - who want L&Q to sell the site to millionaire businessman Bob Morton who promises to reopen the stadium with dog racing and housing - said the fight against the housing association’s plans would go on.
A blog posted this morning states: ‘The next stop will be the mayor Boris Johnson’s office, where we will expect him to throw out the planning application and show full support for Bob Morton and his new plans.’
In Mr Duncan Smith and Ms Creasy’s statement they said: ‘The news that L&Q will not be providing any social housing in this plan at all is proof they are not meeting the real needs of Waltham Forest’s residents.
‘Given that there are 21,000 people on our housing waiting list this omission is a critical flaw in L&Q’s plans.’
Mike Johnson, land director at L&Q, said: ‘We are pleased that our proposals have been approved by Waltham Forest Council’s planning committee. This is an important milestone for the scheme and we look forward to beginning work as soon as we possibly can, subject to meeting the remaining conditions in the planning process.’
In a statement Waltham Forest Council said: ‘London & Quadrant’s plans were judged solely on their planning merits as a development proposal and in line with the appropriate legislation. Factors taken into account included design, appearance, compliance with relevant standards and impact on local residents.
‘Given the size of the development, the decision will now be referred to the mayor of London.’