Sunday, 4 March 2012

Dalston Kingsland Towerblock. Hackney to decide on Wednesday 7th March at 6.30pm.

Hackney's Planning Sub-Committee is to meet at 6.30pm on Wednesday 7 March at the Town Hall to decide whether to grant permission for an 18 storey, 50 metre high private towerblock at 51-57 Kingsland High Street which has no affordable housing. (It's the Peacocks site next to Dalston Kingsland station).

We intend to object to this gross over development and exploitation of Dalston. Meet us on Wednesday at 6pm on the steps of the Town Hall, Mare Street.

You can see details of the application 2011/3439 on the Council's web site here. You can see our main objections here, and more detailed objections here. Hackney is recommending that its Committee grant planning approval because the developer is offering £1.7million to remodel and install lifts in the station

It's not too late to make your views known to the Council. Send them in an email to and put "Planning Application 2011/3439 : 51-57 Kingsland High Street" in the Subject line.

On 29th February Boris' Greater London Authority decided that "in general, the application complies with the London Plan although some further discussion and commitments are needed".

Its reservations relate to issues of financial viability, child play space, noise, climate change mitigation and transport. If Hackney grant permission on Wednesday then Boris will have 14 days within which to intervene. The GLA has commissioned an independent financial viability report to asses construction costs, developer's estimated profit (so far declared at £10.8million) and the developer's contribution to community benefit (section 106 contribution).

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