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£3.2m Springfield Park revamp could see greenhouses demolished – and car park built on

PUBLISHED: 18:31 21 February 2017 | UPDATED: 18:48 21 February 2017

An artist's impression of the stables conversion and new community and events space proposed for Springfield Park

An artist's impression of the stables conversion and new community and events space proposed for Springfield Park

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Springfield Park’s greenhouse buildings could be demolished to make way for a profit-making community event space in a £3.2million revamp.

Existing buildings and the White Lodge in Springfield Park as they stand now. Photo: Hackney CouncilExisting buildings and the White Lodge in Springfield Park as they stand now. Photo: Hackney Council

The plans – financed with Heritage Lottery Fund money – might also see the mid-19th century White Lodge buiilding in the park get a two-storey side extension, on what is currently a car park. Meanwhile the stables building could be turned into designer and maker workshops.

Hackney Council’s proposals were revealed at a special pre-planning meeting – a session where councillors on the planning committed can share their thoughts before a formal application is submitted.

Springfield Park is in a conservation area, and is classed as metropolitan open land, with the same status as green belt.

An artist's impression of the proposals for Springfield ParkAn artist's impression of the proposals for Springfield Park

In a report, planning officers noted: “While the proposed community space is not directly intrinsic to the recreational function of the park, profits resulting in the use of the events space and stables workshops would be ringfenced to be reinvested into the upkeep and maintenance of the park, including the recruitment of a park manager.

“The proposals seek to reinvigorate the park and restore the buildings. [The proposals] are largely supported, since the buildings are in poor condition, underused and on the Heritage at Risk register.

“Generally the proposals are felt to be heritage-led and sympathetic.”

An artist's impression of the proposals for Springfield ParkAn artist's impression of the proposals for Springfield Park

A playground has been earmarked for the bowling green, near homes in Hawkwood Mount.


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