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Waltham Forest


Map Key

  • Investment Opportunities
  • Opportunity Areas
  • Area of Intensification
  • Central activity Zone

Town Centres

  • International or metropolitan
  • Major
  • District
  • Borough Boundary
  • Green Belt
  • Metropolitan open land / Other open spaces
  • Rail station
  • Railway track
  • Foreshore
  • Water

Investment Opportunities

  1. Leytonstone, E11
  2. Leyton, E10

Investment Opportunities

Leytonstone, E11

Leytonstone, E11

Leytonstone continues to provide a vibrant mix of retail, food and drink and a diverse employment offer with some significant heritage and community assets and listed buildings. It is near the Future Whipps Cross new neighbourhood and to attractive green and blue assets and is well connected for transport, being served by the Central line and Overground. The council is undertaking a Town Centre Framework setting out development and public realm investment, including four Site Allocation sites in the borough’s emerging Local Plan (2020 – 2035), which could deliver up to 1,600 new homes, 25,000 sqm new workspace and 3,000 new jobs.

Leyton, E10

Leyton, E10

Plans for Leyton include minimum growth targets of 6,350 new homes and higher density of housing around the Leyton Tube Station. The council intends to deliver co-ordinated new development around a potential new rail station at Ruckholt Road and intensify development at Leyton Mills, including new quality homes, employment and workspace, appropriate retail provision, cultural uses and supporting social and community infrastructure. Our Local Plan sets out plans for future development at New Spitalfields — in the event the market comes up for redevelopment during the Local Plan period — to create a thriving, mixed-use sustainable neighbourhood, including new quality homes, and jobs.

Waltham Forest is a diverse, creative and vital part of the London we love. In 2019, Waltham Forest became the first ever London Borough of Culture, where we saw residents, businesses and visitors celebrate their diverse cultures and the brilliant borough we are. The strengths seen through the Borough of Culture continued through the Covid-19 pandemic, with our residents and businesses showing a sense of community and acts of kindness.

Although we are now dealing with different challenges including the ongoing cost of living and climate crises, our priority is to support our residents and businesses to continue to recover. To do this, we are focusing on jobs recovery, business support, safe and healthy living, broadening our cultural programme, bringing a new university and restored theatre into the borough, and implementing our new 15-minute-neighbourhood scheme.

We will build on the work we have achieved so far with our partners, to build a brighter future for Waltham Forest.


Population projections 2021 278,790

Population projections 2050 335,649


London plan new homes (ten-year target) 12,640

Building council homes for Londoners (four-year programme) 293


  • Creative sector: Waltham Forest has been awarded a GLA accredited Creative Enterprise Zone in London to support those working in the creative sector. This is due to launch in March 2023
  • Enjoy Waltham Forest: the most effectively implemented borough-wide approach to improve cycling and walking. It includes over 45 kilometres of cycling network installed in the borough with 20 school streets, creating safer streets.
  • Walthamstow Wetlands: 211 hectares being the largest operational wetlands in Europe, which has welcomed more than two million visitors since opening in 2017 — a natural health and wellbeing asset.

Jonathan Martin, BSc MRICS

Director of Inward Investment and Higher Education Academic Relationships


“My highlight for Waltham Forest this past year must be the community spirit we’ve seen across the borough. We’ve welcomed over 40,000 visitors to Fellowship Square over the last year, with residents enjoying our free cultural programme throughout Summer and Winter. . We also received over 1000 nominations for our Pride of Waltham Forest awards, celebrating community, volunteer, and business heroes from every area of the borough. We’ve also developed plans to bring a new university to Waltham Forest, whilst also restoring our beloved theatre to bring the brand-new Soho Theatre Walthamstow to life.

We’ve also launched our Affordable Housing Commission, a panel of industry experts who will set out practical steps to increase local housing supply, reduce homelessness, and give local people reassurance that they can afford to live in their borough.

Our inward investment programme prioritises making Waltham Forest a great place to visit, work and live for everyone.”

  • Inward Investment – “Invest Waltham Forest”:  working with a range of quality investors and developers to secure private sector investment into the borough. The Council is working on the once in a generation opportunity with the University of Portsmouth to bring a new University Campus to Waltham Forest. It will deliver a range of benefits for the residents and businesses. The Campus will provide Higher Education capability for up to 5,000 students with undergraduate and postgraduate courses, Research and Development to serve innovation with businesses and generate wider economic benefits across the borough and environs.
  • Business and Economic Recovery: to protect and help the provision of new jobs for our residents and businesses, growing our economy to be stronger than ever. Through this work, we’ll support unemployed residents back into good jobs through jobs fairs and job academies.
  • Housebuilding: to confirm our commitment to provide high quality new and affordable homes for our existing and new residents. To ensure that we continue to deliver on our growth ambitions working with our development partners to grow the borough.
  • Walkable neighbourhoods: Living Well to encourage and support the 15-mins walkable neighbourhood where the essentials for good living are found within a walkable distance.
  • Culture-led regeneration: supporting our High Streets and Town Centres to provide vibrant activity, encouraging experiential visits to these areas, alongside the work/retail/ leisure offers, including the development of the Soho Theatre Walthamstow and the Blackhorse “Creative Enterprise Zone” (CEZ). Supporting our businesses and venues through our Choose Local campaign, highlighting the great economy we have in the borough.