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Council partners with Design Council Cabe in pledge to regenerate the borough

Waltham Forest Council is working in partnership with Design Council Cabe to implement and run a design review and support panel as the authority underpins its commitment to developing a quality built environment across the borough. 

The London borough of Waltham Forest has unmistakably transformed over the last few years and continues to experience unprecedented levels of growth. Its council is embarking on one of the biggest home building programmes in London, with the ambition to build 12,000 new homes over the next few years. The metamorphosis includes the regeneration of its town centres and the emergence of thriving arts and creative industries, contributing to a unique cultural identity.

In order to deliver this change, Waltham Forest Council is working with Design Council Cabe to form the Waltham Forest Design Advice Panel (WFDAP). The WFDAP is made up of twenty members of Design Council Cabe’s cross-sector network of 400 Built Environment Experts. It will provide independent, expert design advice on key development proposals, and will encourage collaborative working with developers and applicants.

Cllr Clare Coghill, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets, said: “There is much within Waltham Forest that we can be proud of – the appeal of many of our residential areas, our green spaces, local heritage, conservation areas and town centres. However, we face a number of important challenges over the coming years as we regenerate the borough. The establishment of the Panel underpins our commitment to creating attractive, safe, sustainable and well-connected places for everyone in our borough.

Design Council Cabe has unrivalled experience in the field of design review and has provided similar services for many other authorities and cities, including London Borough of Greenwich, the City of Oxford and most recently the transformational developments at Old Oak and Park Royal in West London, and Thurrock in Essex.

Clare Devine, Executive Director of Architecture, Built Environment and Design at Design Council Cabe, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the London Borough of Waltham Forest to run the Waltham Forest Design Advice Panel. Members of the WFDAP have been selected from our national network of multidisciplinary design experts responding to the  borough’s growth and its future ambitions to provide new homes, regenerate places in need and improve people’s quality of life. We look forward to working with those involved in shaping the future of Waltham Forest for the benefit of its residents, businesses and visitors.”

At the end of 2015, Design Council Cabe recruited a further 150 Built Environment Experts (BEEs) to its network, growing its ranks to 400 design experts – the largest and most skilled group of its kind in the country. A dedicated interdisciplinary panel of BEEs will provide Waltham Forest Council with independent expert advice and support. 

Cllr Coghill continued: “This independent design review process will instil design quality in development and provide long-term, expert advice to effect transformational change in our borough. We have already successfully used the design review process on some of our recent major schemes, so we are pleased to be able to put in place these arrangements with Design Council Cabe.  These are exciting times for Waltham Forest and we look forward to working with our partners and residents to achieve our vision.”

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