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TfL announces partner to develop Blackhorse Road housing site

BLLQ LLP has this week been named as the preferred bidder to develop a 1.8-acre site opposite Blackhorse Road Tube station by TfL.

In March, the mayor of London announced that the site would be unlocked for development, and TfL offered companies in its Property Partnership Framework the chance to bid to be a joint venture partner in the project.

BLLQ LLP has now been named as the company to deliver around 350 new homes opposite the north east London station, of which half will be affordable.

The site is also surrounded by a number of mixed use developments which together form a community of around 1,700 homes alongside retail, commercial and leisure spaces.

Due to the proximity of the site to the Tube stop, the houses will be well connected to the rest of London via the Victoria Line and London Overground services.

Future residents will also benefit from the package of improvements being delivered in Waltham Forest through its Mini-Holland programme.

“This site on Forest Road is a key part of bringing an exciting new neighbourhood to life in the heart of Waltham Forest,” said Graeme Craig, director of commercial development for TfL.

“We are thrilled to be working with BLLQ LLP to deliver hundreds of homes for Londoners with excellent transport links and just a short journey from central London.

“Half of the homes will be affordable and we’ll also be generating much needed revenue to invest back into the transport network.”

And Matt Calladine, regional land and development director at Barratt London, added: “The TfL car park at Blackhorse Road station is an important development site in the context of the wider regeneration of this area.

“We are looking forward to working closely with TfL, the London Borough of Waltham Forest and local stakeholders to ensure the delivery of high-quality homes and new commercial facilities that will benefit the entire community.”

Cllr Clare Coghill, leader of Waltham Forest Council, also explained that the announcement moved the authority a step closer to creating a new vibrant town centre in the Blackhorse Lane area.

“This complements the other investment taking place which will lead to 2,500 new homes and the creation of 1,000 jobs,” she explained. “TfL’s commitment to ensuring 50% of the new homes are affordable for local residents is a really positive step, building on the commitment made by the GLA in August to deliver 100% affordable homes on its Webbs Industrial Estate site on Blackhorse Lane.

“This is alongside the other work we are doing with TfL in Blackhorse Lane on the delivery of public realm improvements to the Standard Junction and Forest Road, as well as an £800,000 refurbishment of Blackhorse Road Station which will be completed next year.”

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Andrew Gwilt   03/10/2017 at 12:27

At least Blackhorse Road Overground station platforms have been extended to accommodate 4-car Class 710's once the electrification is finished next year.

AJG89   04/10/2017 at 08:11

More new affordable apartments and homes to be built for Londoners as the population in the capital grows even more. Including new apartments close or near to a railway station or tube station. Not forgetting the housing development at Barking Riverside where London Overground is to extend to with a brand new railway station also to be built.

London Commuter   07/10/2017 at 00:39

What about stations on the Lea Valley lines to become step-free accessible with lifts and ramps to be installed since London Overground took over the Enfield Town, Cheshunt and Chingford lines back in 2015. And London Overground improving stations to become step-free accessible.

W Snapper👌   07/10/2017 at 17:33

The current excellent electrification plan will merely provide a comfortable service for existing customers. However, this is just one of 7 or 8 developments feeding in to the already overcrowded 1960's station infrastructure . The time has come for the Mayor and Waltham Forest Council as well as the excellent local MP Stella Creasey to combine and achieve the following:- A new station entrance in Forest Road with direct lift shaft access to the Victoria Line Platforms. A new third platform on the surface A Metro level signalling project on the line to accommodate freight and the following:- 3 tph - Barking Riverside - Gospel Oak 3 tph Barking ( existing terminus- Kentish Town ( via restored link to Thameslink and reinstated platform. This would require 11 units, the 8 currently on order and 3 more paid for from Barking Riverside 4 tph Freight Paths Additionally 2tph Kensal Rise Sidings - Blackhorse Road 2tph Hounslow - Blackhorse Road This would require 10 new (train) units A restored station at Tufnell Park (Junction Road) A new station at Tottenham Hale / Ferry Boat Inn to connect with the Lea Valley Line and by subway to the Victoria Line would require imput from Harringay, Islington and Camden Councillors. This could all be achieved by 2020 and be a great Mayor Khan legacy, after all it was Mayor Livingstone , who realised this dream. Perhaps Gladsone Park ( Ken Livingstone) Station would be a fitting tribute. Carpe Diem

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