The present mix of uses comprises basement market storage, a ground floor indoor market for up to 60 small businesses, open amenity space on the forecourt and 2 upper floors of studios used by 60 artists. Since the original development plans dated April 2018 the site has been contested space and attracted controversy.
You can see the developers latest planning application documents dated 27.11.19 here. You can comment and object on-line until 16.02.20 or later by email to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the reference number 2017/2897. You can see OPEN Dalston's detailed description of the development, its impact and objections here.
The planning application was amended on 27 November and would, in summary, now involve:
- the loss of 39 of the 60 units for small independent traders, with space lost being used to service the proposed offices and flats
- 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 ( The artists probably wont be able to afford what's "affordable"! Ed.)
- a new 3rd storey for 1x2-bed and 4x3-bed "very high standard" flats.
- landscaping of the forecourt's open space
These changes will result in a substantial reduction of the existing uses which Hackney Council found contribute to the "social well being of the community" when it concluded that the building is "an asset of community value".
To protect the existing uses, and even if you objected to the earlier plans, please make objections to the Council planners. If you are in the market please sign the petition which many traders are promoting to support the #SaveRidleyRoad campaign.