New energy centre opens and more information in Marlowe Road and Wood Street News

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Marlowe Road and Wood Street News

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Energy Centre officially opens

Marlowe Road Energy Centre ribbon cutting 260419

Residents in Marlowe Road and Wood Street, will be able to benefit from fairly priced heating and hot water while helping the environment thanks to the opening of a new district energy centre.

The energy centre will not only supply energy for the 580 existing and new homes on the Marlowe Road estate but is expected to supply energy to at least the equivalent of a further 400 homes in the local area across a mix of housing and public sector buildings.

Marlowe Road Energy Centre boilers

The centre, which was built by Countryside as part of the regeneration of the former Marlowe Road estate, uses natural gas to produce electricity which is sold to the National Grid.

The heat generated is used to produce hot water in giant boilers (pictured) that is then piped to households for their central heating, showers and hot water in bathrooms and kitchens.

Temperatures can be controlled by each family through thermostats in their apartments.

Affordable housing handed over to Council

Marlowe Road bathroom

Providing high-quality, affordable housing for local people is one of the key aims of the Marlowe Road regeneration scheme.

The 18 shared ownership properties in Phase 1A were handed over in October 2018 with four being bought by residents from the old Marlowe Road estate and a further nine bought by Waltham Forest residents.

The 34 homes for Council rent in Phase 1A were handed over on Thursday 6 December 2018.

The Council has also bought a further 66 homes from Countryside and these will be made available to local people, including an extra 29 for Council rent.

Hopson House Marlowe Road

In total the scheme includes:

  • Building 436 new homes
  • Building 1,193  sq metres of commercial space including new shops
  • A new public plaza in Wood Street
  • Creating a new library space and then moving the Wood Street Library to this new facility
  • A new children’s play area
  • Landscaping and planting, including trees and a water feature
  • New footpaths
  • New cycle routes
  • Bicycle parking for each home and visitor cycle parking provided within the plaza.

The London Help to Buy scheme is available on this development.

Find out more about Marlowe Road regeneration

Extra homes planned but no extra impact

Marlowe Road building site

A planning application has been submitted to allow 12 extra homes to be provided in blocks P5, P6 and P7 on the Feature 17 site in Marlowe Road.

The extra homes are being provided by changing the internal layout of these blocks and do not involve extra height or a larger footprint for the buildings.

The proposed changes will include some changes to bay windows and balconies, including providing some extra balconies, but there is no new overlooking or impact on amenity as a result of the changes.

There will also be some changes to where the cycle store entrances will be.

Comments can be made on the proposed changes, if possible before Monday 3 June 2019.

Find out the full details and make your views known

Wood Street Market now opens on first Sunday of each month

Wood Street Indoor Market entrance

The Wood Street Indoor Market is now opening on the first Sunday of each month with around 30 traders offering some great value bargains.

This market continues to be open Tuesday to Saturday each week.

Get more details on local markets

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