Plans for Walthamstow shopping centre extension approved
Planners have approved an extension of The Mall in Walthamstow as part of wider proposals to revamp the town centre.
The development, led by Capital & Regional, includes an 86,000-square-foot extension to the existing shopping centre, which houses popular brands including JD Sports, New Look, River Island, Sports Direct and TK Maxx.
The shopping centre will have a new direct entrance to an expanded Walthamstow Central Station, and there are plans to sign an additional grocery anchor and other ‘grab and go’ and casual dining names.
The works are expected to commence in 2020, following a raft of improvements at the mall, including a full refurbishment and the addition of new brands such as Lidl, Walthamstow’s first Pret and The Gym, which have opened at The Mall over recent months.
The shopping centre currently occupies 260,000 square feet of space, and is located in the heart of the rapidly evolving London community. In addition to expanding The Mall, Capital & Regional is also planning to build up to 500 new residential homes in the surrounding area.
“Our vision for Walthamstow has been developed hand-in-hand with the council and residents and we have tailored the mix of homes, leisure uses, services and amenities to meet the needs of the local community,” said Lawrence Hutchings, chief executive at Capital & Regional.
“This will be transformational for Walthamstow and underlines our position at the heart of the community, both in terms of how we are supporting the improvement of the wider public realm and amenities, including Transport for London’s plans for the underground station, but also in terms of how we are able to provide relevant goods and services for the people we serve.
“All of this will ensure Walthamstow remains a vibrant neighbourhood for generations to come, underpinning the resilience of The Mall, our positive footfall growth and, ultimately, our income profile.”
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