Plans submitted by JTP and Inland Homes to bring forward a residential-led neighbourhood at a former Homebase site at 2c Fulbourne Road in Walthamstow have received a resolution to grant planning permission by Waltham Forest Council.
The development, called Patchworks, includes 583 dwellings, new commercial uses, high-quality landscaping and public space and will deliver regeneration which reflects the heritage and culture of the area. Providing affordable housing, energy efficient buildings, over 130 trees and environmental improvements along Forest Road, the proposals will bring new life to street edges and encourage footfall, creating true benefits for the local community and economy. The plans also include new cycle lanes extending the Council’s Enjoy Waltham Forest network. New amenities such as a cycle hub and welcoming pedestrian routes supporting the residential and working community will integrate with existing assets and amenities in the area.
The plans will support the aims of the Waltham Forest Draft Local Plan that identifies the Forest Road corridor and Wood Street area as a regeneration area where redevelopment is to be encouraged. The proposals for the site are considered as a masterplan; looking to promote a holistic approach to placemaking along the Forest Road corridor. To help meet targets set within the newly published London Plan, ambitious housing targets must be met by the Council and parts of the borough have been identified as locations where regeneration will take place at higher densities with taller buildings. The corridor presents the opportunity, through reconfiguration and investment, to substantially improve its appearance, functioning and relationship to existing and new development.
Patchworks is not alone in looking to the future. Its context will change and plans are underway for a number of sites in the immediate area. Through conversations with the local authorities, the design facilitates and works with these other proposals so that the area is considered as a whole.
There is a responsibility to developing a site of this scale and significance in Walthamstow, fronting one of the borough’s most important thoroughfares, and as such, Patchworks has been co-designed and developed with significant community and stakeholder engagement. Over the past months, hundreds of people have given feedback and taken part in virtual sessions. This has been analysed and interpreted to fulfil a design that builds on the DNA of the local area and its people.
Patchworks marries Waltham Forest Council’s wider aspirations for increased numbers of homes and new sustainable community within the borough with an understanding of the unique character of the local area. Nature and landscape take a leading role within the scheme, striving to knit together existing natural assets across the area while enhancing the site’s immediate context. By providing new homes and an exciting public realm, it will be a place of vibrance and colour, that builds on the rich culture and sense of community within Walthamstow.
Ian Fenn, Partner at JTP