Friday, 3 July 2020

The Collective Blackhorse Lane - The Standard Music Venue

The Royal Standard

The Blackhorse Lane Collective - consultation

Good afternoon,

I wanted to provide you with an update on The Collective Blackhorse Lane. Since the last time we contacted you, we have been progressing our development proposals. Our proposals for a new mixed-use development at 1 Blackhorse Lane (formerly The Standard Music Venue), opposite Blackhorse Road Station, will include:

  • A c.500 sq m cultural venue with a capacity of c.350 people
  • 2 publicly accessible café/bars
  • 300 privately rented and single occupancy co-living rooms
  • 208 secure cycle parking spaces
  • 45 new job opportunities (supported by the building operation)
  • 175 construction jobs
  • Ground + 9 floors with the music venue located on the basement level

To provide more details of the scheme and to gather local residents’ views on the proposals, we have recently launched a dedicated website ( A postal exhibition will also be sent out to nearby neighbours.

In addition, we are currently speaking to different local groups and organisations and drafting a dedicated Community Investment Programme for The Collective Blackhorse Lane. This programme will include a range of initiatives and partnership ideas with local stakeholders.

As always, we are particularly keen to speak with you to understand how our proposals could best align with local priorities. We would also very much welcome the opportunity for further discussions to help shape the detailed Community Investment Programme.

If you would like to discuss the proposals or the Community Investment Programme in more detail  through a video conference or phone call, please do not hesitate to contact us at or call 0203 900 3676.

Kind regards,

Timothy Chan

The Collective Blackhorse Lane

T  |  0203 900 3676

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Another quick consultation and then Planning Application. Comments up to 21st July then the Planning App will be submitted. Its surprising how many shovel ready schemes are coming to the surface now the Government wants to get everyone back to work! 

This site has had a checkered history but it looks as if now it will happen. 300 more flats just beside the already at capacity Victoria Line - it can only end in tears!

Bell Phillips Plan

Bell Phillips Architects plan in June 2016

The revamped building a few years ago

The original pub

727 Lea Bridge Road Walthamstow London E17 9DZ

727 Lea Bridge Road Walthamstow London E17 9DZ
183443 - Valid From 20/11/2018
Demolition of existing building and construction of a part three, partfour storey residential building with basement to provide 9 self- contained flats (2 x 3 bedroom, 3 x 2 bedroom and 4 x 1 bedroom) with associated cycle and refuse storage, landscaping and green roofs.

489 to 495 Grove Green Road E11 AA

489 to 495 Grove Green Road, Leytonstone, E11 AA

200856 - Valid From 10/06/2020
Redevelopment of the site for a mixed use scheme comprising the construction of a part four/part-six storey building to form a ground floor commercial space and 30 residential apartments at ground and upper floors, including a communal roof garden, private amenity space with associated landscaping, cycle park and refuse storage.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

E Scooters Update 1


Chingford Library Redevelopment

Scrutiny Decision - no change

Growth Scrutiny Committee Meeting - Utube

Chingford Hub - LBWF

40 new homes by Sixty Bricks


Cabinet Meeting 11th June - Page 17 Chingford Hub

The Chingford Hub will consist of a new library that meets the community’s needs, including affordable multiuse assembly space, a café and learning space, including space for use by the Adult Learning Service. It also offers the potential to provide enhanced facilities for older people by providing a focus for these services in this part of the Borough. The Hub will play host to a range of events and will include a double height ceiling to allow for larger assemblies, re-providing the facilities that are currently available in the Assembly Hall. The Hub will be funded via an enabling residential development of around 40 much needed new homes (subject to planning), with a target of 50 percent affordable homes for local people.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020


I met the architect this morning from JTP and they are anxious to get residents views on what we want built on the Homebase site. I have sent in the following so feel free to take bits and submit them with your own views.


JTP Architects

The first deadline is 6th July

On the 15th July at 6pm there will be a Zoom meeting where he will present his vision for the site based on our comments.

There will be a further chance for comments until the 27th July.

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1.      Creation of a Holistic Community
a.      A holistic community that thrives and a street scene that is attractive and low level should be the aim.
b.      A community of families on low to medium incomes with jobs locally so they don't have to travel far for work.
c.       With the council developing their Family Services this site is ideal for family homes sandwiched between 2 schools, the forest and Wood Street shopping centre.
d.      Any building must complement the surrounding Victorian terraces and flats along Fulbourne Road and not be higher than 5 storeys.
e.      Houses should be built and not flats. With thousands of flats being built in Waltham Forest more family homes are desperately needed to house families properly. After the recent pandemic families stuck in flats have had a horrendous experience.
f.        At least 50% of the development to be Social Housing. How is London going to manage without people on low pay rates doing vital jobs?
g.       Workshops are needed to provide jobs (artists/artisan bakeries etc) that have gone from the area as the council has allowed residential to replace industrial/commercial sites. This has meant people now have to travel further for work.
2.      Sustainable
a.      A development that wins awards for its environmental achievements and sustainability.
b.      Buildings which have been properly constructed and need minimum maintenance.
c.       Safe and attractive pedestrian routes to be established throughout the development.
d.      It needs a children’s play area to ensure an attractive active curtilage.
e.      Latest environmental standards have to be adopted to ensure the proper environmental improvements are provided i.e. heat pumps/solar etc. A Neighbourhood power plant to be considered.
f.        Electric car charging points to be generously provided.
g.       No car parking to be allowed and the existing parking on the entrance road to Homebase to be banned. Instead appropriate space for Club Cars i.e. Zip Cars to be allowed for.
h.      Landscaping and planting to be of the highest standard and contracted to be maintained for the first 5 years until it is established.
i.        As much of the existing mature trees and planting to be kept.
3.      Services
a.      The capacity of Woodside School and Bremer school will have to be increased to allow for the increase in population along the Forest Road corridor.
b.      Health Centre capacity including GPs need to be increased to serve an increased population.
c.       Gas, water and electricity supplies to be adequate.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

More flats.....

The latest Planning Apps list 2 sites of interest.


At last a development has come along for this disused petrol station just up form the Bell pub which has been neglected for many years.

17 Flats

Existing site


The existing garage offered a vital service for residents and will be sorely missed. They refused to sell when the adjacent site was developed so presumably Covid 19 has beaten them!

With Colvins having closed, Homebase to close at the end of the year and now this garage the number of useful shops in the area is dwindling fast!

17 flats

Monday, 22 June 2020


JUNE 21st 2020
Over the weekend Inland Homes distributed a leaflet to residents of Wood Street and Chapel End Wards. As usual it is spin by the developer trying to make out they want to listen to residents views. The reality is they have usually made up their mind well before contacting residents! This is a typical case of ticking a box but not interested in our views. What is even worse is our councillors have not been informed about what is going on!

It was also announced that the Homebase store would close by Christmas.

Hombase to close

Inland Homes Leaflet

LBWF _ Homebase site

The leaflet from Inland Homes says they will be "holding engagement activities to gather ideas for this site" up until 6th July - that is just 2 weeks for us to put in our suggestions!! On the 15 July they will run a zoom presentation of "their vision". Deadline for any further comment will be 27th July.

That might have been believable except they then go on to say the Planning Application will be submitted in August!  Do they think we are really that stupid! It takes many months to get architects to draw up plans and these days vast numbers of consultants reports have to be submitted as well. If they were serious about listening to our views even August 2021 would be hard to meet!!

The EIA is looking at a development of 700 homes in 18 storey tower blocks so I assume that is the plan they have ready to submit in August!

Their leaflet shows the boundary of the land they own but the council wants to redevelop Willow House and the accountancy company site should also be taken into the development so a proper holistic plan can be put forward.

18 storey tower blocks is not what the Wood Street Area Action Plan was suggesting if the Homebase site ever came up for redevelopment.

Wood Street Area Action Plan

Draft Local Plan

Get on to your councillors and find out what is really going on!

Previous Blogs


Site Ownership

Cabinet Report

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

E-Scooter Parliamentary Inquiry

A Parliamentary Inquiry is being held by the Transport Committee into the impact of e-scooters. Having been hit by one today it made me realise how dangerous they can be. My evidence is below and I suggest if you agree with me you submit your comments to the committee which is accepting evidence up to the end of June.

E-scooter inquiry

Transport Committee Inquiry
E-Scooters – Pavement Nuisance
9th June 2020
Having been nearly hit by an e-scooter today while walking in Epping Forest and having observed the dangerous way they are used on pavements and roads I would like the committee to consider the following points regarding the use of e-scooters:

1.     Silent - They are virtually silent and because of their speed they are not noticed until it is too late to get out of the way. Luckily today my arm was just knocked as it came up behind me at speed and did not stop. A bit closer and I would have been injured. There was no excuse for it being so close to me as the forest path I was on was very wide. It just shot past me and carried on as if I was invisible.
2.    Pedestrians – pavements are becoming more difficult to negotiate as more cyclists seem to think they now have a right to use the pavements as well as cycle lanes. On the whole cyclists on pavements behave reasonably and are slower than e-scooters, but e-scooter riders are oblivious to the dangers of hitting the elderly or children who, rightly, assume they should be safe on pavements.
3.    Roads – I have seen e-scooters on the roads going very fast in 20mph zones with no thought for other road uses. Not only do the e-scooters create dangers for their riders but also for other road users and could well be the instigator of major accidents. As a car driver I am well aware of how difficult it is to see them or to predict what their next maneuver will be.
4.    Safety Equipment – unlike cyclists the riders wear no safety equipment and seem to be oblivious to their own safety and to other people’s safety.
5.    Highway Code - There is no sign of them obeying the Highway Code which in itself is a danger as motorists, in particular, expect other road users to comply with the code, to say nothing of the fact it is a legal requirement.
6.    Speed – some of the more expensive models can go at 50mph which makes them a lethal weapon, not a mode of urban transport.
7.    Cycle Lanes – from my experience scooters in cycle lanes are as much of a danger to cyclists as they are to motorists on the roads and pedestrians on pavements. I do not believe they are a compatible form of transport for this country.
8.    Singapore’s Experience – last year, when visiting family in Singapore, I came across e-scooters and where there are very wide empty cycle/pedestrian lanes I could see the attraction of them. Having said that Singapore Government was widely advertising they had to be licensed and various regulations applied. See APPENDIX below which I have found on the web and sums up Singapore’s experience very well.

In summary I don’t believe e-scooters are compatible with our transport network and will in fact create many horrific accidents. They have no environmental benefit compared to cycles and should be banned in the UK.

Save Lea Marshes Newsletter

Welcome to the May edition of the Save Lea Marshes Newsletter. What a month it has been. On the positive side: the swifts are back - there're more than a dozen flying over my immediate neighbourhood and I've seen them back in the sites of previous nests; we've been treated to more birdsong and wildlife sightings - deer have been spotted on Walthamstow Marsh; and SLM and a whole host of other local groups and individuals have worked together to prevent a licence being granted for three years for a dance music festival near the Waterworks wildlife reserve. Please see As well as successfully winning, credit is due to the way different organisations and individuals worked collaboratively across borough boundaries and beyond (our website gives a list of these).
On the negative side: the sunny and warm weather has drawn more people to misuse our precious open spaces - using the Lea for swimming by the Friends Bridge between Hackney and Leyton Marshes (not a good idea for health reasons and because it disturbs a nesting kingfisher) and lighting barbeques and leaving litter in the Waterworks area.


This is a plane tree estimated to be over 150 years old with at least another 50 years of lifespan, sited opposite the "Happy Man" public house on the Woodberry Down Estate in Hackney. After a long debate at the L.B.H. Planning Sub-Committee, last month, councillors finally agreed that it could be sacrificed in order for the next phase of the re-construction of the estate to take place. The developers, Berkeley Homes, argued that they had listened to the ideas of local residents to avoid cutting down the tree, but there seemed to be a disagreement about this, with local residents saying they were in the dark about the final position before it went to committee. The developers argue that the area will get more green space and more trees but didn't seem able to accommodate a little space for this tree in their plans claiming that it affected the numbers of dwellings that could be provided. Now there is an encampment that has been set up. See Repeating the argument again: a mature tree has a bigger effect on the environment than do newer trees.
Another casualty of 'lockdown' the Hackney Citizen is no longer able to print copies and is appealing for donations to keep going - so any generous supporters of the free press out there...


Continuing the tree theme, one of my SLM colleagues has flagged up a TV programme on how to re-forest, allowing woodland to regenerate naturally and not on a mass scale which often leads to diseases. See and don't forget Springwatch is back. Our cat (who is a voyeur and thankfully, hasn't caught anything in her 8 years apart from the odd insect), and I are happy!


Who are these people that think it is OK to tie exercise bands around trees to do their workouts? Brains over torsos, please, people!


A forty-minute talk, with slides by Claire Weiss to the Leyton & Leytonstone Historical Society, was presented on Zoom last week, replacing a scheduled live event. For those who missed it, you can catch it on


Hackney and Walthamstow boroughs have both put together walks for people getting their daily exercise. For Waltham Forest Wards see and go to the newsletter and for Hackney you can download all of the guided walks at


As I type this newsletter, the green space around the block of flats opposite my home has been mown for the third time since lockdown and now looks like a desert! Meanwhile, Plantlife are currently (from 23 to 31st May), running their "Every Flower Counts" programme to encourage counting how many bees you can see on your lawn.. see


No, not talking about Dominic Cummings, but the other slithery kind of creature, that has been spotted in the River Lea. For the full story on the subject of the healing effects of nature go to email&utm_term=0_7f5b69838e-ccbb9fcae11-142020245/.


Our friends at Plastic Free Hackney are doing an on-line workshop on the top ten tips for reducing.. its free, but you have to book. It happens on Thursday 4 June from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. go to

and finally, am I the only miserable person who truly hates barbeques? Not only are they causing a problem in our parks and open spaces, with fire risks and litter, I find the smoke and smell of them in my neighbourhood really horrible and invasive. I can't understand why people don't cook inside and bring it out to enjoy. Sufficient evidence exists to support food being cooked to death on barbeques as being bad for our health, including cancers - for example see and why do we tolerate the bad air they produce in London's smokeless zone? Moaning tone off....

Object to the Gas Works Development

Gas Works Planning Application

Building works resume after pandemic

Signs of Waltham Forest getting back to normal:

Town Hall
Markets to Reopen
Electoral Boundaries Review
Marlowe Road
Coppermill Neighbourhood Mini Holland
South Grove
Blackhorse Road Junction
Hylands Road
Lea Bridge Gas Works Planning App
Gas Works
Central Parade
Whipps Cross Hospital

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Virtual Council Committee Meetings

In case you weren't able to get along to council meetings, and if you are running out of things to watch, try these ( the real benefit of a pandemic - we can see what is going on at a convenient time to us!) :




Monday, 11 May 2020

Waterworks Licence Hearing - virtual hearing


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Marc Witham <>
Date: Mon, 4 May 2020 at 08:35
Subject: FW: Licensing Act 2003 - Waterworks, Lammas Road, E10

Dear Sir/Madam,
The agenda for Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committee, Tuesday, 12th May, 2020, 2.00 pm has just been published.
To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site
Meeting venue: Virtual Meeting
The following items are included in the agenda:

Kind regards,

Marc Witham
Team Manager - Licensing | Regulatory Services | Resident Services
London Borough of Waltham Forest
3 The Square, Leyton, E10 5NR
Tel: 020 8496 3000 | Ext: 2247 

Our ambition is that everybody in Waltham Forest enjoys a quality life.

From: Marc Witham
Sent: 30 April 2020 15:42
Subject: Licensing Act 2003 - Waterworks, Lammas Road, E10

Dear Sir/madam,

Further to your representation in respect of the application for the grant of a premises licence at The Waterworks, Lammas Road, E10.

A hearing to determine the application has been arranged and will take place on Tuesday 12th May 2020 at 14:00. Due to coronavirus social distancing requirements the hearing will take place using Microsoft Teams. A link to allow access to the hearing and joining instructions will be sent in the days leading up to the hearing.

Attached is the Notice of Hearing, acknowledgement notice and other documents relating to the hearing. Should you wish to address the sub-committee or nominate somebody to speak on your behalf, then please indicate so in the acknowledgement notice, which should be returned to

If there are a large number of requests to speak the Chair may limit the number of speakers, place a time limit on speakers, or both. Therefore, where possible, it may be advisable for connected parties to nominate a speaker to amplify the points raised in their representations, particularly where representations address substantially similar concerns.

If you have any questions, please email and we will endeavor to respond to you as soon as possible.

Kind regards,

Marc Witham
Team Manager - Licensing | Regulatory Services | Resident Services
London Borough of Waltham Forest
3 The Square, Leyton, E10 5NR
Tel: 020 8496 3000 | Ext: 2247 

Our ambition is that everybody in Waltham Forest enjoys a quality life.

The Blackhorse Collective - The Standard

Lea Valley Developments

The Collective Blackhorse

15:31 (5 hours ago)
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Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing to you as an important local community stakeholder to invite you discuss our proposals for the redevelopment of 1 Blackhorse Lane, formerly The Standard music venue.
By way of a brief introduction, The Collective is a developer, operator and long-term stakeholder in the communities that we invest in. We focus on creating and activating places where our residents and existing communities come together to build and foster human connections. Our developments not only support our communities with their day to day lives but create new opportunities, whether that be through employment and education, community, or cultural initiatives.

Our vision is to redevelop the site to deliver a mixed-use community-focused building that draws on the site’s rich and unique history and promotes The Collective’s collaborative ethos. This will include:
  • A new multi-purpose destination venue which will host music, arts and comedy events and a range of other community functions;
  • A high quality co-living offer for residents including access to a range of shared communal spaces;
  • A curated events programme with an emphasis on education, business, creativity and the arts; and
  • Truly public amenity spaces, including events spaces and a café to welcome in the local community and promote a collaborative ethos.
In addition to our proposals, we will be preparing a dedicated Community Investment Programme, which will include support by The Collective for local start-ups, a variety of local initiatives and social enterprise groups.
We are particularly keen to hear from local community groups to understand how our proposals could best align with local priorities. We would also very much welcome the opportunity for further discussions to help shape the detailed Community Investment Programme and the Enterprise, Innovation and Community fund.
In light of social distancing measures relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be offering virtual briefings in place of conventional meetings. If you would like to discuss the details of the proposals or the upcoming consultation process through a video conference or phone call, please let us know and we will be able to organise this at your convenience.
If you would like to discuss anything which has been raised above in more detail with us, please do not hesitate to contact us at or call 0203 900 3676.
Yours sincerely,
Harry Manley
Associate Director of Planning
The Collective