Almost a year after shutting its kennel doors for the last time, Walthamstow's famous dog track is set to be turned into 'family friendly' homes.
The iconic stadium, which featured in Blur's Parklife album, Guy Ritchie's film 'Snatch'; and provided the young David Beckham with gainful employment was sold last year for a figure believed to be around £22m after closing due to financial losses.
Waltham Forest council have commissioned a report which includes plans for a park in the central track, a car pool in the kennels and a total of around 3000 homes aimed at families. The report also recommends keeping the art deco entry arch, which could be turned offices or shops. Have a look at the plans. Local pressure group Save Our Stow has continued in vain to protest against the lack of action on the site and owner London & Quadrant's stark refusal to consider using it for anything other than housing development.
Plans to revive the stadium for racing turned out to be an outside bet after L&Q refused a bid from a US consortium, dashing the hopes of campaigners. A Christmas congregation under canvas also didn't go down too well with the locals.
We're willing to put money on the developers somehow working in the dog racing connection via road names. Trap Close, Hare Avenue or Greyhound Lane? What others could be waiting for the starting pistol?