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 firstname.lastname@example.org putting 2020/3496 in the subject line.