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BDP's overhauled Hale Village receives outline planning consent

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BDP's controversial £400 million Hale Village scheme in Lee Valley, north-east London, has been given outline planning consent.

The scheme - for developer Lee Valley Estates - will create 1,250 homes, plus student housing, offices, a hotel, shops, a health centre and a new primary school.

Earlier this year CABE said that it had 'fundamental concerns' with the layout and massing of BDP's Hale Village masterplan in Tottenham Hale, and doubted whether the proposal would 'provide an adequate quality of life for residents'. ( CABE warns BDP over London residential scheme ).

But BDP's Tim Williams, the director in charge of the scheme, told the AJ that the practice had taken CABE's comments on board and carried out a 'radical change' to its original scheme.

'We took stock very seriously with regard to the CABE review and it resulted in an important shift in terms of the massing and the volumes involved,' Williams said.

'We have now moved the volume to the edge of the site along the railway and created an 18-storey landmark building in the south-west of the site with four- and six-storey buildings at the heart.

'We have also introduced pavilions on the east side and opened up the linear park east to west,' he added.

Williams said site preparation works would begin later this year with detailed plans for the various buildings to be submitted over the next two years. The scheme will be developed over two phases and is likely to be completed by 2012.

The development comprises four- to six-storey buildings within a framework of streets. Taller buildings frame Hale Village along the railway line, with new apartments benefiting from unique views across the Lee Valley.

The design features an open environment, with residential pavilions sitting within park surroundings along the River Lee to create green connections between the open spaces at the heart of the development and the Lee Valley Regional Park.

The scheme is going in for planning tomorrow (Tuesday 22 May).

by Max Thompson

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