TfL try their luck again with gated development in Dalston
PUBLISHED: 11:36 03 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:49 03 July 2013
Controversial plans for a gated development on public land in Dalston will go before council chiefs today.
London transport authority TfL have resubmitted proposals to build flats on two sites east and west of Kingsland High Street, known as the Dalston Western Curve. An earlier planning application in January was withdrawn after criticism from residents.
TfL plan to build 106 flats with developer Taylor Wimpey across two sites - on the corner of Kingsland High Street and Ashwin Street and the corner of Boleyn Road and Kingsland High Street.
The main criticisms of the development are that is it being built on public railway land owned by TfL and has little public benefit despite the fact that original council guidance in 2009 stipulated “development and public realm that will be of high quality and well-integrated within the fabric of Dalston”; only nine homes will be affordable; and the six-storey development will overshadow many of the three to four story buildings on Kingsland High Street.
Bill Parry-Davies, founder of environmental campaign group Open Dalston which has been at the forefront of a campaign against the gated development, said: “This will be a bland, undistinguished, gated development which conveys a ‘sense of anyplace’, not of Dalston.
“It privatises public land, with virtually no affordable rented housing, and will loom over our historic buildings and make them subservient. It is shocking that Hackney has invested over £1.3 million in this profit-led scheme with so little public benefit.”
A council spokesperson said: “Growth Area Funding of £357,000 received through DCLG, was initially used to submit designs for roofing work on the Overground tunnels, with a further £1 million set aside towards construction work. This investment is not related to the current plans submitted for Western Curve by TfL/Taylor Wimpey and is not contingent on any one particular development.”
Anthony Bickmore, head of property at TfL, said: “We resubmitted our joint planning application for the Dalston Western Curve with Taylor Wimpey in April 2013 following design changes suggested by London Borough of Hackney which are now reflected in the new scheme. We have engaged extensively with the Council, local residents and key stakeholders prior to our planning application being submitted.
“In addition, we have explained to OPEN Dalston on a number of occasions that to provide public green space rather than development on the sites would not only be unviable, but it would not be in accordance with Hackney Council’s planning policies which promote mixed use development on the sites”.
n. The application will be discussed at a planning meeting tonight at 6.30pm at Hackney Town Hall in Mare Street, E8. To comment on the application before then, visit http://apps.hackney.gov.uk/servapps/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/PLComments.aspx?pk=193643
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