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Over 5,000 new homes in Leyton on track to be approved with sports facilities and cycle routes

Over 5,000 new homes in Leyton on track to be approved with sports facilities and cycle routes

Plans for up to 5,400 new homes in East London have been given the provisional go-ahead by the council. The Leyton Mills scheme was backed by Waltham Forest councillors at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, July 9.

The council first revealed its plans for new high-rise developments between Leyton Station and New Spitalfields Market back in August 2023. The development will include residential blocks ranging from five to 17 storeys tall, as well as new sports facilities, industrial workspaces and cycling routes.




The approval was formally for the Leyton Mills supplementary planning document (SPD), which will guide development in the area over the next 15 years. The plan earmarks four key areas for development: New Spitalfields Market, Leyton Mills retail park, Temple Mills bus depot, and Eton Manor in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

However, voting to adopt the SPD does not mean plans for 5,400 homes have necessarily been approved. Developers will still need to submit planning applications, and the council will expect them to follow the SPD for guidance.

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Waltham Forest has stated that the thousands of new homes will help ‘tackle the housing crisis head-on’.

Council leader Grace Williams said the development would play ‘such an important part in the borough’s future’ while Ahsan Khan, the cabinet member for housing, described the homes as ‘much-needed’.

The meeting was the first under the new Labour government, which has shown early indications it will prioritise new developments in an overhaul of the current planning system.