Tower blocks with integrated green space and landscaped Town Square part of plans for The Mall in Walthamstow

Amenity green space in the sky is part of a planning application to redevelop the 30-year-old shopping centre in Walthamstow, east London.

Artist impression of the podium gardens for residents. Image: Capital & Regional
Artist impression of the podium gardens for residents. Image: Capital & Regional
A planning application submitted to the council by specialist owner and manager of shopping centres Capital & Regional requests 8,769 sqm of additional retail and leisure floorspace and 42 new homes towards the eastern side of the centre, called The Mall.
Under the full detailed planning application. Capital & Regional, which has owned The Mall for 20 years is proposing to build over parts of the existing town square public realm. The rest of the area would be re-landscaped with new hard and soft landscaping areas, public space and an activities/events space. Terraced lawns, gardens and a sensory garden are also suggested. Water jets and an improved playground for the under sevens, and also a separate play garden are also proposed.
It is also seeking outline planning permission for a further 460 flats within four residential towers created above podium level, as part of the hybrid planning application.
The application outlines a series of outdoor and indoor amenity spaces serving these units at upper levels. A podium level would be designed as a communal garden for residents with built-in space to provide a range of hard and soft landscaping, seating and play areas for a range of ages.  
A public consultation this summer led to a local campaign and petition of nearly 3,000 signatures against the proposals, mainly because of the height of the towers. 
The planning application is currently under consideration with a provisional planning committee date in November.

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