Waltham Forest Council's planning committee approved the plans last night

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A controversial plan for a 34-metre high development including a Morrisons supermarket and 250 flats has been approved.

The council’s planning committee last night gave the green light to the proposal for South Grove in Walthamstow.

Critics of the plans say independent traders in Walthamstow Market will suffer and the development is too large and poorly designed.

Morrisons said the development will create 450 new jobs.

The supermarket giant said it typically employs 75 per cent of staff from local communities.

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10:15am Wed 4 Dec 13

Dave mp says...

"Critics of the plans say independent traders in Walthamstow Market will suffer"
The council killed the High Street years ago.
"Critics of the plans say independent traders in Walthamstow Market will suffer" The council killed the High Street years ago. Dave mp

10:49am Wed 4 Dec 13

mdj says...

I'm racking my brains to work out from which viewpoint this work of fantasy has been drawn from: where are these spacious, tree-lined avenues?
Can anyone see how this will accommodate as many car spaces as the present open-site car park, as we are told it will?

If councillors passed the application on the basis of this blatant piece of fiction it's fair to wonder what they were smoking.
Or perhaps, like the recently-defenestrat
ed Cllr Hammond, they all live in Hertfordshire.
Either way, it's pretty clear they don't care about the people of this borough, or the gridlock havoc this will cause to an already-congested area.
Was this another of the now-familiar 4-3 votes, with the ever-impartial landlord Cllr Barnett giving the casting vote from the Chair?
I'm racking my brains to work out from which viewpoint this work of fantasy has been drawn from: where are these spacious, tree-lined avenues? Can anyone see how this will accommodate as many car spaces as the present open-site car park, as we are told it will? If councillors passed the application on the basis of this blatant piece of fiction it's fair to wonder what they were smoking. Or perhaps, like the recently-defenestrat ed Cllr Hammond, they all live in Hertfordshire. Either way, it's pretty clear they don't care about the people of this borough, or the gridlock havoc this will cause to an already-congested area. Was this another of the now-familiar 4-3 votes, with the ever-impartial landlord Cllr Barnett giving the casting vote from the Chair? mdj

11:26am Wed 4 Dec 13

markhouse24 says...

mdj wrote:
I'm racking my brains to work out from which viewpoint this work of fantasy has been drawn from: where are these spacious, tree-lined avenues?
Can anyone see how this will accommodate as many car spaces as the present open-site car park, as we are told it will?

If councillors passed the application on the basis of this blatant piece of fiction it's fair to wonder what they were smoking.
Or perhaps, like the recently-defenestrat

ed Cllr Hammond, they all live in Hertfordshire.
Either way, it's pretty clear they don't care about the people of this borough, or the gridlock havoc this will cause to an already-congested area.
Was this another of the now-familiar 4-3 votes, with the ever-impartial landlord Cllr Barnett giving the casting vote from the Chair?
It was a 4-2 vote, with Cllr Barnett backing it all the way.
The 2 against were both Conservatives
[quote][p][bold]mdj[/bold] wrote: I'm racking my brains to work out from which viewpoint this work of fantasy has been drawn from: where are these spacious, tree-lined avenues? Can anyone see how this will accommodate as many car spaces as the present open-site car park, as we are told it will? If councillors passed the application on the basis of this blatant piece of fiction it's fair to wonder what they were smoking. Or perhaps, like the recently-defenestrat ed Cllr Hammond, they all live in Hertfordshire. Either way, it's pretty clear they don't care about the people of this borough, or the gridlock havoc this will cause to an already-congested area. Was this another of the now-familiar 4-3 votes, with the ever-impartial landlord Cllr Barnett giving the casting vote from the Chair?[/p][/quote]It was a 4-2 vote, with Cllr Barnett backing it all the way. The 2 against were both Conservatives markhouse24

11:36am Wed 4 Dec 13

NDevoto says...

The building appears to have been gutted as we can see the sky through the
windows. No doubt some dubious attempt to make the complex light and airy in appearance as possible, along with the extended greenery.
Do they take us as being stupid?
The building appears to have been gutted as we can see the sky through the windows. No doubt some dubious attempt to make the complex light and airy in appearance as possible, along with the extended greenery. Do they take us as being stupid? NDevoto

1:35pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

I agree with Dave, the council killed the market off years ago with underinvestment, increased rents, parking restrictions and failure to promote the once world famously mile long market. They want to make the High Street like a clone of other Towns and want all the tradition to be lost.
I agree with Dave, the council killed the market off years ago with underinvestment, increased rents, parking restrictions and failure to promote the once world famously mile long market. They want to make the High Street like a clone of other Towns and want all the tradition to be lost. Billy Yerache

11:38pm Wed 4 Dec 13

NDevoto says...

NDevoto wrote:
The building appears to have been gutted as we can see the sky through the
windows. No doubt some dubious attempt to make the complex light and airy in appearance as possible, along with the extended greenery.
Do they take us as being stupid?
Since my comment the picture has been replaced. Not a great improvement I'm afraid to say...
[quote][p][bold]NDevoto[/bold] wrote: The building appears to have been gutted as we can see the sky through the windows. No doubt some dubious attempt to make the complex light and airy in appearance as possible, along with the extended greenery. Do they take us as being stupid?[/p][/quote]Since my comment the picture has been replaced. Not a great improvement I'm afraid to say... NDevoto

11:56pm Wed 4 Dec 13

mdj says...

The panels in the Dan Dare-style picture above look very similar to those cladding the boiler-house/power station at Whipps Cross,(which has never worked since it was completed a decade ago, I'm told by a staff member).
They looked great for about four years, but are now looking very scabby.

But who cares? It's only Walthamstow.
The panels in the Dan Dare-style picture above look very similar to those cladding the boiler-house/power station at Whipps Cross,(which has never worked since it was completed a decade ago, I'm told by a staff member). They looked great for about four years, but are now looking very scabby. But who cares? It's only Walthamstow. mdj

5:11pm Fri 6 Dec 13

E17006 says...

I have now heard they plan to brand this "The William Morrisons".
I have now heard they plan to brand this "The William Morrisons". E17006

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