Hackney has formally advertised the planning application for redevelopment of Ridley Road Shopping Village - but it failed to give the 21 days notice legally required for public consultation. It has now extended the time.You can comment on-line here until 1st November or send comments by email to email@example.com quoting the planning reference 2017/2897 and the address 51-63 Ridley Road London E8 2NP. The Council must still consider all comments emailed before the Planning Committee meeting which is presently expected in November.
If it helps, you can read our objections here
The re-development proposals, by an off-shore developer based in the British Virgin Islands tax haven, has attracted controversy since the outset
The site had changed hands for £4.5million just 12 months before the developer, Larochette Real Estate Inc, acquired it. It paid £6.5million for the site and has recently filed an amended Viability Assessment claiming that it can not afford any contribution to affordable housing. (Why should it escape community planning obligations if it overpaid for the site? Ed.)
Following a nomination by the local community, last December Hackney declared that the Shopping Village is an Asset of Community Value. It noted that the existing uses, including facilities for 60 small independent traders, the basement market traders' storage and the upper floors with studios for 60 artists and makers, "furthered the social well being and social interest of the local community". The redevelopment plans will substantially reduce those uses and thus substantially damage the community's interest.
An appreciative gathering of local people attended the first public screening last Thursday of the new film "Ridley Road 2020 - a market under threat" . The film was projected outdoors onto the Shopping Village building which features in the film and is the subject of a controversial redevelopment application which has attracted hundreds of objections from the local community due to the loss of affordable space for up to 40 small independent shops, the loss of studios of 60 artists and the loss of 50% of storage for market stallholders. In their place will be upmarket offices and 5 luxury flats.
The screening was not-for-profit community event taking place on public space with advice to people attending, consistent with government guidelines, about avoiding pandemic risks. Although the Council had confirmed that no licence was required to show the film its Events Office, which was said to be closed and unable to deal with any applications for advice or support, informed us that "colleagues are increasingly concerned that you intend to go ahead and they would require confirmation that event will not be taking place at Ridley Road in the current circumstances." No grounds for seeking to ban the event were given and so we could see no basis for cancellation.
Here's a 60 second trailer of "Ridley Road2020- a street market under threat"The film features market traders, their Association, small business owners and artists who work in the Shopping Village which is slated for redevelopment. It even includes an interview with the Mayor of Hackney. The film tells a local story but with a universal message. - how regeneration, development and bureaucracy can damage the local economy, diversity and culture.
It you haven't been following the recent history of the threats to our street market you can read the backstory by following the links in these two posts from earlier this year - here Latest plans for Ridley Road Shopping Village development and here Hackney Council is "strangling the market with red tape"