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Walthamstow Stadium meeting on 28 January

Jan 28 2011

David Montague, L&Q’s Chief Executive, said, “It was interesting to meet Bob Morton, and hear about his plans for the site. This is the third time L&Q has met with Bob Morton.  His plans have not fundamentally changed and today we expressed again our concerns that his plans are not deliverable.  

“We have been consulting and have revised our plans over the last few months in response to what local people have said.  Our new plans deliver a £50m iconic development which preserves the heritage of the site and provides around 300 new homes, a modern leisure centre run by the community for the community, a children’s nursery and allotments, as well as over 250 jobs to meet the needs of local people. 

“We will be showing our revised plans shortly at a public exhibition and we hope that local people take the opportunity to come and view them before we submit our planning application.”

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Walthamstow Stadium Tote Plaze
A new image of our plans which shows the Tote Plaza

Notes for Editors

  • Since L&Q’s last meeting with Bob Morton in September 2010 we have commissioned an independent assessment from Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) of Morton’s plans which shows that they are not viable from a financial or planning perspective.  His plans have not fundamentally changed since then. We are therefore keen to get on now to deliver our own plans, which we believe offer tangible benefits for local people.
  • Our plan to deliver around 250 jobs is broken down as follows: approx. 200 jobs during the construction of the site plus 50 to 70 permanent full time jobs on completion of the scheme.
  • The modern leisure centre will operate as a Community Sports Trust run by the community for the community.
  • Over the past few months we have been working hard with our architects, Conran & Partners, to engage with the local community to inform our plans for the site. We have held focus groups with local residents and conducted surveys across the borough. We have held one to one meetings with residents as well as local businesses, organisations and community groups.

About L&Q

L&Q is one of the UK’s leading housing associations and manages over 66,000 homes across London and the South-East.

L&Q:

  • Builds high quality, affordable homes across a mix of tenures – including affordable rent, intermediate market rent, part buy, part rent (affordable home ownership) and outright sale. This includes building new homes as well as refurbishing old ones.
  • Is involved in large scale community regeneration projects across London.
  • Is the Government appointed HomeBuy Agent for South London, and helps key workers and first-time buyers get their feet on the property ladder in London and the South East through part-buy, part-rent and equity loan schemes part funded by government HomeBuy grant.
  • Is committed to investing in local neighbourhoods and communities and has dedicated Neighbourhood Investment teams. L&Q works in partnership with local authorities and local and national voluntary and community agencies to develop opportunities for residents.

For more information on L&Q and for all the latest news about L&Q’s work visit www.lqgroup.org.uk.

For further information please contact: Alice Williams, L&Q’s Senior Press Officer, awilliams@lqgroup.org.uk / 0844 406 9000 ext 5155.