Yes to homes. No to harm

Where are we now?

Waltham Forest Council unanimously waved through the disastrous plans for Lea Bridge Gasworks on 1 December 2020.

The application will now go to the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, for Stage 2 approval.

So we need to bring the fight to GLA members and the mayor’s office, by writing to them and objecting via the application portal (once the plans are live).

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Our achievements so far

For the past two years, our community has been passionately fighting this development. Even through the COVID-19 pandemic, we engaged the community and have made progress. 

  1. We have forced the developer to change their remediation plans and do all soil cleaning – to remove toxic materials, such as arsenic and benzene – off site
  2. We have forced the developer to build the access road from Orient Way first, so that no construction traffic or soil transportation is through the Clementina Estate
  3. 244 objections to the proposals were sent to Waltham Forest Council
  4. 1,171 signatures on our petition to Stop the Toxic Lea Bridge Gasworks Development
  • 10

    Large Buildings

  • 18

    Storey towers

  • 575

    Planned flats

  • 1450

    New residents

  • 6

    Years of construction

Health Risks

Formerly an operational gasworks, there are numerous toxic chemicals in the soil.

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Construction Chaos

Building on the site will be ongoing for 3-5 years, which will impact the quality of life for local residents

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Environment Destruction

There will be an impact on air quality, noise pollution and the local ecosystem.

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Overwhelming Traffic

Advertised as a “car-free” site, there is no doubt that new residents will own cars

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Harming Schools

Toxic chemicals in the soil and pollution from construction will affect these children as they play outside.

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Transport Pressure

Anyone who lives in the area will know that we are severely underserved by public transport.

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Overburdened Healthcare

There are not enough GPs in the area as it stands – we are short by 10.

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Minimal Investment

We want this money to spent on community-led infrastructure and projects in Lea Bridge.

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Health Risks

As the site was formerly an operational gasworks, there are numerous toxic chemicals in the soil. These chemicals pose a real risk to the health of local residents, if not dealt with appropriately. The effect of these types of chemicals can already be seen in a similar site in Southall, where residents have suffered consistently with respiratory illness and even cancer. All as a result of the arsenic, benzene and naphthalene being released into the air from the soil on site. They have formed a local campaigning group – Clean Air for Southall and Hayes (CASH) – to fight for their right to healthy and happy lives.

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