Marlowe Road redevelopment due to go ahead as planned in September

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Due to an admin error, residents were wrongly advised there would be an indefinite delay due to the outcome of the referendum

A letter sent to residents by Waltham Forest Housing on 6 July stated that Countryside Properties “were unable to commence development” on the Marlowe Road estate due to “uncertain economic conditions that have resulted from the decision to leave the EU”.

However a spokesperson from Countryside said redevelopment is set to go ahead this September as planned, and residents will be sent a new letter advising of the administrative error.

Countryside said there was an error in communication and apologised for any inconvenience it has caused.

The spokesperson said: “We have looked into the issue and it appears that there was an administrative error on the part of Countryside. A junior member of the project team incorrectly briefed LB Waltham Forest.

“Unfortunately, by the time this error was spotted letters to residents had already been issued. A new letter with correct information is being sent out.

“Both Countryside and Waltham Forest are fully committed to the Marlowe Road estate and it is set to start on site in September this year. We apologise for any confusion or concern this has caused for residents.”

Plans to build more than 436 homes on the estate were given the go-ahead in December 2015. This includes 150 council homes. All residents are being given the chance to stay or move into properties elsewhere in Waltham Forest, according to Countryside.

 

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