Families and Home Hub Planning Committee Grants Approval

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Families and Homes Hub Woodside school


Walthom Forest

Planning Approval for the Families and Homes Hub and 67 new homes

The planning application for the Families and Homes Hub redevelopment was approved by Planning Committee on Tuesday 29 June.

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. The Families and Homes Hub will provide Waltham Forest residents with access to the Council’s social care and housing teams, in a safe and welcoming environment.

The scheme responds positively to climate emergency and includes air-source heat pumps and solar panels which will provide heating and hot water for the apartments and it is a car free scheme, except for people with disabilities.

The scheme will provide:

  • 750 sqm Families and Homes Hub - services that will be provided will include housing solutions advice, some Youth Offending Services (YOS) appointments and social care appointments and will be a joined-up Council service offer for local residents.
  • 50 sqm commercial floorspace – which could be used as a small shop or café and would provide an active frontage on the corner of the site.
  • 67 new homes for local people including 32 affordable homes with 18 for social rent and 14 for shared ownership.
  • A residents’ garden
  • 4 accessible parking spaces
  • Cycle parking

The design of the building is of a high quality and will create a landmark on the junction of Wood Street and Forest Road. The Families and Homes Hub will bring together services currently operating from Willow House, Cedar Wood House and Rowan House. Allowing residents to access services from one location. Moving them into one building will make it more convenient for residents and will mean a more efficient service from staff.

The Council is in the process of procuring a construction contractor to build out the scheme. We are aiming to start on site by the end of year and the scheme is expected to complete by autumn 2023.

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