Walthamstow Stadium Walthamstow
AKA were an integral member of a multi-disciplinary team that secured planning consent in 2012 for an iconic £50 million redevelopment of Walthamstow Stadium. The scheme will provide 294 homes for local people, create up to 250 jobs and secure a future for the stadium’s historic listed buildings.
On behalf of the client, L&Q, we led negotiations with the local authority and the GLA and worked with officers over an 18 month period to secure a positive recommendation. The scheme was brought forward in the face of a hostile anti-development campaign including objections from the local MP’s, Iain Duncan Smith and Stella Creasy.
AKA managed the project team, coordinated the submission of the planning and listed building applications and advised on the scope and level of the associated planning obligations. As well as allowing for a viable housing mix, the section 106 included a negotiated contribution towards on-site and off-site leisure facilities to compensate for the loss of the former greyhound stadium.
We also advised on the overall approach to consultation and coordinated the production of a robust Statement of Community Involvement. The consultation process included public exhibitions, a door knocking exercise, questionnaires, letter drops and announcements in the local and national press.
This was a challenging project, involving complex design, heritage, environmental, housing and land use issues. We are delighted to have helped deliver a scheme that will preserve the heritage assets and provide housing and leisure benefits to local people.
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