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CABE warns BDP over London residential scheme

CABE has warned BDP that it risks repeating the mistakes of the past unless it revises its plans for a huge residential-led project in the Lee Valley, north-east London.

At a recent design review meeting, the watchdog said it had 'fundamental concerns' with the layout and massing of the Hale Village masterplan in Tottenham Hale, and doubted whether the proposal would 'provide an adequate quality of life for residents'.

The scheme for developer Lee Valley Estates, which CABE has now seen twice, would create around 1,250 new homes, student housing, offices, a hotel, shops, a health centre, a crèche, and a new primary school.

The developer wants to cash in on the nearby tube, bus and rail links by building a high-density development. However CABE was not convinced that the plot is suitable for such a large scheme.

The report reads: 'While we welcome the intention to regenerate this site and to create a mixed-use neighbourhood here, we continue to have fundamental concerns that the overall scale of this development, on an essentially suburban site, may simply be excessive; the approach suggests that lessons to be learned from residential developments of the past may be being overlooked.'

It goes on: 'We believe that significant improvements to fundamental aspects of the design are required before it is ready for outline approval.'

BDP was unavailable for comment.

by Richard Waite

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