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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”.

The meeting will be at Chapel End Junior School, and you can download the agenda here: http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/280108-agenda.pdf It would be great to see as many residents as possible there!

It would be great if as many people as possible went along to the next Community Council meeting. It’s a great opportunity to raise our concerns about the Willowfield School proposals, and the development at BHL2.

All meetings start at 7.30pm. Refreshments served from 7.15pm.

You can see agendas and minutes here. When the council gets round to posting them. Otherwise, contact:

Alessandra Awolowo
Committee Management Team
Waltham Forest Town Hall
Forest Road
Walthamstow
LONDON E17 4JF
0208 496 4862
Alessandra.Awolowo@walthamforest.gov.uk

Next Monday sees a Walthamstow West Community Council meeting at Walthamstow Academy on Billet Road. (Map) Take a look at the agenda. It kicks off at 7:30pm, but you can arrive earlier and have a cuppa at 7:15pm

Community Council meetings are an excellent way to try to hold the council to account. We’ve been asking them to tell us what they know for some time, and their evasive responses have drawn censure from everyone that heard the, including the Chair.

It’s vital that we keep the pressure up and put as many of us as possible should try to go along so that they know we’re watching! And if you do go, why not email us a report of how you thought it went

You can also put your questions to:

Shirley Haynes
Community Council Officer
Tel 020 8496 3000
Email shirley.haynes@walthamforest.gov.uk

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