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Orient stadium made an Asset of Community Value

Os fans are celebrating Waltham Forest Council’s decision to list the Matchroom Stadium in Brisbane Road as an Asset of Community Value (ACV), providing additional protection from development.


An application from the Leyton Orient Fans Society (LOFT) to list the home of Leyton Orient Football Club as an ACV was been approved by the Council following a listing review.


The decision means that the property joins nine borough pubs listed as Assets of Community Value. However the owners have a right to appeal this decision to the First Tier Tribunal within 28 days.


ACV listing provides additional protection from development, ensuring the owner must inform the local authority if they wish to sell the asset. If a group wants to buy the asset, they can trigger a moratorium for six months, to give them a chance to raise the funds.


Councillor Clare Coghill, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets, said, “It’s fantastic that the fans of Leyton Orient have stepped up to protect their stadium in this way.


“It is obviously a really important part of the community and given the passion on display at every home game it is unsurprising that those who cherish the home of the Os so dearly would want to do all they can to keep it as it is for many years to come.” 


Tom Davies from LOFT said, "Leyton Orient has always been a friendly community club and an important amenity in the borough. So we’re really pleased the Council has agreed to recognise this by listing the stadium as an ACV.


“We wanted to nominate it to make sure we were doing all we could as fans to protect the Matchroom Stadium, and to give supporters some say in our club's future.


“I’ve been supporting Orient home and away for 30 years and obviously there are thousands like me to whom the stadium is a central part of our lives. We knew that other clubs around the country had protected their stadiums so it seemed a natural step to take.”


Waltham Forest Council can only consider listing property in the borough as an ACV if it is nominated by a community group. However recently the council embarked on a campaign to highlight how treasured local institutions could be afforded better protection in this way.


As a result, there are now nine pubs in the borough listed as ACV’s:  



  • The Heathcote, 344 Grove Green Road, E11

  • Lord Rookwood, 314 Cann Hall Road, E11

  • Tommy Flynn's, 692 High Road, E11

  • The Coach and Horses, 391 High Road, E10

  • King Harold, 116 High Road, E10

  • The Antelope, 201 Church Road,E10

  • The Birkbeck, 45 Langthorne Road, E11

  • The Northcote, 110 Grove Green Road, E11

  • The Bell, 468 High Road, E11


For further information on Assets of Community Value go to the Council’s website at www.walthamforest.gov.uk or contact the Planning Policy Team at planning.policy@walthamforest.gov.uk or on 020 8496 6748.


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