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Interesting article in the Waltham Forest Guardian this week claiming that the proposed development of a 18 storey tower block on the former Arcade site has hit prices for houses in its shadow.

“When a resident next to the site went to a surveyor she discovered the preferred design that St Modwen has suggested for the site would overshadow her garden, meaning her home will be worth £10,000 less than if situated elsewhere.”

Caramel Quin of Fighttheheight.co.uk had been told that earlier plans for a seven storey development would have boosted prices: “property experts told us the area would be improved and prices would go up“.

Developers will of course make plenty of money from the new tower blocks planned at the Arcade, and the 23 storey Blackhorse Road development.

When residents who currently look out on playing fields and reservoirs find that view replaced by 23 storeys of flats, will they also find the price they can get for their home has fallen too?

Send the developers PR team your views on the proposed Blackhorse Land development here.

As previously reported Prince Charles’ Foundation for the built environment has stated (here) that high rise’s are both unnecessary and inappropriate for Walthamstow.

“Waltham Forest called in the foundation to masterplan the Town Centre of Walthamstow. (Foundation executive) Dittmar says the foundation was interested to explore how Walthamstow, in an outer London borough, could meet mayor Ken Livingstone’s target for affordable housing and how greater residential density was compatible with Walthamstow’s Victorian terraced houses.

Dittmar asks: ‘How can you increase density without sticking people into tower blocks? If you ask Londoners about tower blocks, you find that they are only liked by investors in property.’

The foundation looked at other boroughs and concluded that the four-storey houses of St John’s Wood or Swiss Cottage and the mansion blocks of Kensington and Chelsea provided density without towers”.

We will meet on Wednesday 12th March , 7.30pm at 97 Edward Rd.

For this meeting we have invited Karen Lyons, the coordinator of all London Time Banks, and Peter Roberts from Mildmay Time Bank in Islington. They will give us an introduction to time banking and advise on how to start up one in our own residents association. Also they will answer all our questions (hopefully) around the whole subject. Everyone interested in this group is very welcome.

For more info please contact: timebanking@blackhorseactiongroup.org.uk

A reminder that the BAG AGM will be at the pavilion of the Douglas Eyre Playing Fields next Monday, 11th February,  at 7.30pm.

Business will include reports on activities, the establishment of working groups and the election of committee members.

Looking forward to seeing as many residents as possible there!

2008 AGM Agenda

Cllr O’Rourke has got in touch to let us know the details of the meeting next Tuesday:

The meeting … is a public meeting arranged by the High Street Focus Team.

The details are as follows:

Subject: Walthamstow Town Centre Regeneration Plans & Local Cultural Services
Date/Time: 27th November 6.30pm
Venue: Douglas Eyre Sports Centre Coppermill Lane, E17

The purpose of the meeting is to enable residents at this end of High Street Ward to engage with the Town Centre consultation. Officers have confirmed that they will attend to make a brief presentation and take questions.

We will also be consulting on the Liberal Democrat policy of Local Area Management Boards for Cultural Services.

It would be great to hear from any Members of BAG who do attend; email us here, or post a message to the Yahoo! group.

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