Search

Heritage and public space facing a ‘tsunami of new development’

11:24 21 January 2013

Bill Parry-Davies, founder of Open Dalston, an organisation opposed to a private development by TfL on public land on Kingsland High Street

Bill Parry-Davies, founder of Open Dalston, an organisation opposed to a private development by TfL on public land on Kingsland High Street

Archant

Residents will take their campaign against a proposed private gated development in Dalston to Mayor of London Boris Johnson next month.

London Assembly Member Andrew Boff requested the meeting with Mr Johnson after TfL submitted proposals to develop two sites in Kingsland High Street, Dalston into a mainly private development, which will be eight stories high at the highest point.

Campaigners believe the scheme would damage the area’s heritage and are unhappy that public space would be off limits to those not living in the exclusive development.

Bill Parry-Davies, founder of Organisation for Promotion of Environmental Needs (OPEN) Dalston, which campaigns for sustainable business and residential communities, said: “The main issue is the development – on land owned by TfL and subsidised by £1.3million from Hackney Council – which has very little public benefit in terms of green space, and there are only 10 proposed flats for social rent out of a total of 108.

“What is being proposed is a substantial almost entire privatisation of public land without leaving any public communal space.

“We’ve been talking to TfL’s development partners Taylor Wimpey since April and they said that the only open green space would be for use of residents within the development.”

He added that the design would damage the environment’s heritage by obscuring views of buildings and reducing sunlight.

The proposal will go to a committee for approval later this month and, if approved, to a planning committee on February 6.

Mr Parry-Davies urged residents to go online and comment on the application at Hackney’s planning website, adding: “We’ve seen TfL’s development at Dalston Junction, which demolished our heritage buildings and left us with a hard landscaped, overshadowed, windswept canyon as a public square.

“Dalston is facing a tsunami of new development plans in 2013. A leaked Design for London (GLA Agency) report says that the character, distinctiveness and unique identity of Dalston is at risk and the area has wholly inadequate protection presently.”

The Mayor has yet to respond to residents with a date for a meeting.

In a joint statement TfL and Taylor Wimpey said: “The plan has been carefully developed by a team of architects and urban design specialists in accordance with the planning policies of the London Borough of Hackney and the GLA.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

37 minutes ago
Officers had to call for reinforcements to help rescue the woman

A man has been jailed for raping his ex-wife in a landmark first ‘victimless’ rape conviction.

Wayne Powell

Five years after father-of-five DJ Connoisseur was gunned down, detectives are offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of those responsible for his murder.

Saturday, July 4, 2015
Umut in Brooklyn, just before he decided to make the film about his brother

Motivated by guilt, filmmaker Umut Gunduz turned his sights to helping his delinquent younger brother turn his life around by ‘giving him a voice’, in a documentary - Stevie G - which premieres at the East End Film Festival today.

Saturday, July 4, 2015
Jonny Woo

Prime time TV producer Colin Rothbart set out to make a film celebrating the East End’s vibrant drag scene, which premieres at the East End Film Festival this week.

Most read news

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hackney Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder