Hackney Council is now consulting on its proposed Dalston Plan for encouraging development of 600 new homes and 14,000sqm of shops offices and workspaces across 10 local sites. This on the basis that "regeneration....is vital to ensure the future success of the area". You can read the full plan here, a summary here and how to make your views known here. The public consultation closes on 1st October 2021
Monday, 30 August 2021
Monday, 9 August 2021
Colvestone Primary School nursery's playground has been designated as an Asset of Community Value by Hackney Council. The decision last Friday 6 August follows a nomination by a group of local residents, the Friends of Ridley Road, last June.
The Council's formal decision recognises that the uses made of the land, as an outdoor playground and learning space, benefit the social well being or social interests of the local community, such that the land is an asset of community value.
There has been a long-running battle by the local community to protect the toddler's playground for public benefit. It kicked off in 2015 when a planning application was granted to build a three-storey block of flats on an adjoining site, which had been sold off by the Council many years earlier. The development would have extended across the playground's southern boundary, blighting the children's outlook and much of their direct sunlight.
That application was overturned on a judicial review, brought by local resident Judith Watt, when the High Court found that the Planning Committee had been misled by the developer's report on the extent of overshadowing which the development would cause.
Now there is a new planning application, also for a three storey development, which has been made to the Council by the site's new owners Nice Properties and Management Ltd. It is expected to be determined shortly. Numerous objections have been lodged by members of the local community. You can read about the history and objections here.
You can search for and find the planning application documents on the Council's web site under reference 2020/3496. You can also comment on the application by email to email@example.com putting 2020/3496 in the subject line.
Colvestone School's playground is the second site on Ridely Road to be declared an asset of community value. The Ridley Road Shopping Village nomination by #SaveRidleyRoad was accepted by the Council in December 2019 The applications reflect increasing community concerns that the area is being targeted for developments which harm the community's interests and social well being.
Sunday, 25 October 2020
A new planning application has been made for re-development of a Ridley Road site which will dominate and overshadow Colvestone Primary School nursery outdoor play/learning space and blight the Grade II Listed school and its setting.
Dalston's "Save Our Sunlight" campaigners celebrate defeating the previous planning application
The site has had a controversial history. After a long battle through the Planning Court in 2016 the Dalston community, lead by local campaigner Judith Watt, finally defeated an earlier development scheme which would also have blighted Colvestone Primary School. The developer/architects had presented a misleading overshadowing report to the Council's Planning Committee and Hackney spent about £100K (of our money Ed.) trying to defend its grant of planning permission. But, although that scheme was buried, some development potential of the site remained. A new planning application for redevelopment has now reared its ugly head.
This image shows the Nursery Schools outdoor play/learning space and the vacant triangular site adjoining to the south. The image below shows the proposed rear wall of the planned new development which will overbear and overshadow the Nursery's open space
The image below shows the scale of the previous scheme. The impact on the Nursery of the new scheme's 9 metre high rear will not be very different.
The developer's architects say that, to meet child safeguarding concerns ( overlooking) the rear wall of the second floor terrace facing the school will be built using perforate roof tiles "eliminating any possibilities of [occupants] overlooking to the playground, at the same time allow more sunlight to reach the playground of the school. ."
Friday, 16 October 2020
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 planning application was amended on 27 November 2019 and would, in summary, now involve:
- the loss of 39 of the 60 units for small independent traders on the ground floor, with space lost being used to service the proposed offices and flats on the upper floors
- the loss of 50% of the basement's market storage, with the remainder to be offices
- conversion of the 2 upper floors to "high standard" offices with only 10% to be affordable ( At 80% of market rate - few of the 60 artists presently in occupation could afford what's "affordable"! Ed.)
- a new 3rd storey for 1x2-bed and 4x3-bed "very high standard" luxury flats.
- landscaping, instead of extending the building onto, its forecourt's open space.
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.
Sunday, 23 August 2020
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.
Not to worry if you missed the screening. Watch this space, and check #SaveRidleyRoad on social media, because we are planning more screenings - indoor and outdoor - and we hope to see you there
Thursday, 13 August 2020
There will be outdoor screenings of the new film "Ridley Road 2020 - a street market under threat" on Thursday 20 August at the Ridley Road Shopping Village.The 30 minute film will be screened continuously from 8.30pm until 11pm, weather permitting. It's free, just turn up, bring your mask, and meet some of the local people who have been involved with the #SaveRidleyRoad campaign.
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"