Saturday, 29 June 2013

D'ya wanna bet? Will TfL's "Western Curve" plans get planning approval?

 
The old Railway Tavern at 13 Dalston Lane, in about 1910, which now is our local bookies

On Wednesday 3rd July Hackney's Planning Committee will consider TfL's application to build 106 flats and shops on Dalston's 'Western Curve'. Will the Committee agree with Hackney officers' recommendations or with the objectors?

 

- it provides "a well defined distinction between the public realm and the private space behind the main building facades"
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- it's a privatised enclosure of public land to create a gated community

-  "the level of affordable housing proposed is the maximum amount that can be reasonably achieved on the site" 
OR
 - providing only 9 out of 106 flats for affordable rent is totally inadequate

- "the sites are not suitable for provision of open space"
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 - TfL and Hackney have ignored the local community's desire for some green public space on the sites

-  "reduces its mass at sensitive locations to create a more responsive and sculpted form" and causes "no substantial harm to heritage significance"
OR
- the designs are bland, undistinguished and will dominate the High Street and its historic buildings.

-  the overshadowing "impacts to this (Grade II listed) property are not considered to be significant... because the property is not in residential use 
OR
- the overshadowing of the Grade II listed building, as TfL's consultant's say, is "Substantially Adverse"

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You can read OPEN Dalston's objections here. You can see the TfL's planning application documents here. You can read Hackney's report to its Planning Committee here.

6 comments:

  1. Why does your article show photos of the former Railway Tavern?

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  2. The clue is in the title to the article - the old Railway Tavern is now our local bookies...and its a beautiful old building under threat.

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    1. I do wonder what can we do to save the Dalston Lane Railway Tavern before it's too late. I believe it is one of the council's cherished 'corner buildings', but it is indeed crumbling away; there are even plants growing on it (which can't be good). So time is an issue here. Any advice?

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    2. Hackney owns the building and, under the terms of the lease, can no doubt require it's tenant to repair and decorate the building. But this is Hackney - bureaucratic entropy and philistines rule.

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  3. Let's keep our fingers crossed for today. These new buildings, together with the proposed glass tower above Peacocks, will transform our high street. Hopefully this will see an end to the pound shops dominating our area.
    This is looking to be a great time for Dalston. First the smart Dalston Square bringing in hundreds of new residents and some great new restaurants when completed later this year. These new buildings, together with the plans for the shopping centre, means that Dalston could finally return to the great area it once was.

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    1. The independent Design Review Panel described TfL's plans for Dalston's Western Curve as "uninspired and bereft of detail". Although clearly unhappy, Hackney's Planning Committee last night approved the plans on its officers' advice. Hope this makes you happy, Anonymous.

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