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Walthamstow Stadium to be Turned Into Flats

Wednesday 9th May 2012

Plans to turn Walthamstow stadium into flats have been given the go ahead.

Walthamstow Stadium

The Mayor and MP's have previously called for greyhound racing to be brought back to the site.

294 homes would be built under the proposal - and legal requirements mean that if you build more than 13 on a site a number have be affordable. However Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow, doesn't think the plan is good enough.

"There are those of us who belive that a much better deal could be made for that piece of land and the community will keep fighting for that," she told LBC's James Whale.

"There are no socially rented properties in the proposal they are putting forward and I can tell you as Walthamstow MP my surgeries are full of people desperate for affordable homes in our local community."

She went on to explain that "the devil is in the detail" - with affordable and social housing meaning different things," before adding, "there is an alternative viable proposal for that piece of land which brings both housing and the dog track back to life.

"Crucially that would bring hundreds of local jobs to our economy, they would be London living wage jobs. That's really crucial in a borough that's got 5,000 people out of work."

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson will now make the final decision.