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Spacelab draws up rival Walthamstow dog track plans

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Spacelab has revealed alternative plans for the redevelopment of Walthamstow Dog Stadium which would see dog racing returning to the iconic venue

The proposals include the refurbishment of the stadium’s main stand and track, whilst retaining the listed dog kennels and front façade. The stand to the south of the site will be demolished to make way for 140 residential units.

Spacelab has been working on the scheme with Save Our Stow (SOS) for the last two years in a bid to return dog racing to the 1930s east London stadium.

Save Our Stow has been at the centre of the controversy surrounding this scheme since landowners London & Quadrant (L&Q), announced in 2009 that they wanted to pull down the landmark venue and replace it with affordable housing (AJ 23.7.09).

L&Q announced Conran & Partners as the architects last summer, taking on the scheme after both TP Bennett and Assael Architecture had been dropped.

The developer recently had to postpone public consultation of Conran + Partners proposal (AJ 6.12.10) after allegedly receiving ‘individual and collective threats to members of staff.’ SoS has refuted these claims.

The idea of housing around a dog track is not new and has been done before to much success at a number of recently refurbished dog tracks.

Spacelab have presented their alternative scheme to London Mayor Boris Johnson who has since called for the return of Dog Racing to the stadium.

The scheme also has the support of local MPs Ian Duncan Smith and Stella Creasy.

Postscript

Last Friday (28 January) L&Q met with local businessman Bob Morton, who has proposed to buy the track. However L&Q confirmed it had no plans to sell the site, Chief executive David Montague said: ‘We have revised our plans over the last few months in response to what local people have said. We will be showing our revised plans shortly before we submit our planning application.’

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