Juniper House planning application decision and gyratory improvements news

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Juniper House News

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Planning application approved by Council

Juniper House from south

On Tuesday 07 May 2019 the Council’s Planning Committee approved plans for the regeneration of the former Council offices at Juniper House in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, subject to certain conditions.

The plans will now go to the Greater London Authority (GLA) for consideration and final approval is subject to negotiating satisfactory Section 106 planning conditions.

The scheme will bring significant benefits for local residents and the wider environment, including air-source heat pumps and solar panels which will provide heating and hot water for the apartments and cooling to the nursery and commercial elements. It is a car free scheme, except for people with disabilities.

The approved application includes:

  • providing 91 new homes for local people including at least 41 affordable homes with 23 for social rent and 18 for shared ownership including three and four bedroom properties suitable for families
  • providing a 53-place pre-school nursery with its own play-area on a site close to Walthamstow Central Station making it easy for commuters to use
  • providing more green space, including a pocket park at the junction of First Avenue and Hoe Street
  • improving the appearance of the area around the gyratory traffic system
  • providing new commercial units facing Hoe Street which could provide space for local businesses and employment opportunities for residents
  • providing cycle parking
  • the Council keeping ownership of the land when the development is completed

The scheme, which complements the improvements to the gyratory system which are now nearing completion, will revitalise a key part of Walthamstow Town Centre by providing new commercial space on Hoe Street.

The finished building will be a quality design landmark as well as providing new amenity space and a much needed nursery.

The staff who were based at Juniper House moved to the Town Hall which enabled savings to be made that could be reinvested in providing local services. At the same time this move released a parcel of land in the heart of Walthamstow for redevelopment, part of the Council’s on-going commitment to improving our town centres.

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When will work begin?

Work will begin soon on preparing the site ready for the demolition of the existing building to take place this summer.

It is expected the new homes, nursery and commercial space will be completed by late 2021.

Before the demolition work begins a meeting will be held for residents and businesses near Juniper House to talk about how construction traffic will reach the site, the hours when work will take place and how the Council and developer will be minimising the impact while demolition and construction takes place.

We will also be issuing email newsletters keeping people up to date with what is happening and when so please encourage neighbours, friends and family to sign up to receive them.

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Gyratory scheme improvements nearing completion

Walthamstow Gyratory Selborne Road 0419

Improvements to make journey times quicker in Walthamstow are soon to be completed.

New bus lanes, bus stops, improved footpaths and pedestrian crossings have been installed to help make passenger journey times quicker through Hoe Street and Selborne Road, including the busy junction in front of Juniper House.

These changes have already seen improvements in bus efficiency which benefits passengers.

Investment has also been made in new art works and planters, including pollution absorbing plants, as well as segregated cycle tracks and an extended cycle hub in Selborne Road.

The final improvements are due to be complete by the end of May.

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