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Walthamstow dog track to go

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, has approved a scheme to redevelop Walthamstow dog track in east London. Campaigners and local MPs had opposed plans, approved by the council in May, to build nearly 300 homes and a leisure centre at the Grade II listed site

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History of Walthamstow Dog Stadium

Opened in 1933, Walthamstow Dog Stadium became a landmark venue and some famous faces have passed through its doors, including Winston Churchill and Brad Pitt.

A young David Beckham used to collect glasses in the restaurant there. The track also featured on the cover of Blur’s 1994 Parklife album.

Falling profits meant it closed in 2008.

In May the plans submitted by housing association London and Quadrant to build 294 homes and a leisure complex at the stadium were approved by Waltham Forest Council.

The final stage came when Boris Johnson gave the go-ahead for the £50 million development.

Opponents say the stadium has cultural value and fear that the promise of community funding that formed part of the application won't materialise.

Campaign group Save Our Stow has asked the Communities Secretary to help but say if that doesn't work then they will apply for for a judicial review.

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  • Walthamstow dog track to go

    Boris Johnson has approved plans for nearly 300 homes to be built at Walthamstow dog track, despite protests from campaigners and MPs