This week’s Jewish Chronicle quotes Planning Watch member Angela Phillips while EastLondonLines reports that Planning changes cause conflict in Stamford Hill.These follow an interesting article in the Guardian regarding the Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum. If you follow the video clips you will have to endure 30 seconds of adverting but you will see Isaac Liebowitz outlining his aspiration to systematically convert three bedroom properties in the area into five bedroom properties.
Over Isaac Liebowitz shoulder you can see this example of why planning controls should not be left to an unrepresentatiive forum.
Interestingly while Rabbi Pinter refers rather uncharitably to those who oppose this overdevelopment of the area as ‘yuppies’, Chaya Spitz of Interlink is quoted as saying: ‘We are seeing how difficult it can get when this issue is put in the hands of the community’.
Nick Boles (Conservative planning minister) is reported to have said that neighbourhood forums would not be granted if they divided communities. While Jules Pipe (Labour Mayor) says ‘There would be a huge question mark over any forum that wasn’t inclusive’.
New Forum Consultation – Planning Watch supporters oppose divisive forums
Meanwhile, the council has opened its consultation on the alternative ‘North Hackney Neighbourhood Forum’
Hackney Planning Watch has been consulting with our supporters regarding this alternative proposal, and while we recognise that it is a genuine attempt to find consensus within the communities of North Hackney, over 80 per cent of our supporters believe that planning issues in the north of Hackney are so divisive that planning should remain a direct local authority responsibility and Planning Watch should not support any Neighbourhood Forum.
Sign the Petition
Consequently we are not urging support for the alternative forum, but we are asking people to sign up to a petition calling on the council not to grant either of the current two applications on the basis that the issue of planning is simply too divisive to be handed over to a neighbourhood forum in this part of Hackney.
IF you agree please Sign The Petition
For a petition of this nature to have any real influence we will need many thousands of signatures, so that we can demonstrate a very widely felt opposition to the prospect of a planning forum in this area.
Publicise this petition on your Facebook page, blog, or Twitter (or better still, simply go and speak to your neighbours about it) and forward this email to everyone you know who lives in the five affected wards: Brownswood, Clissold, Lordship, New River and Springfield
In the meantime, if you wish to keep in touch with the campaign sign up to join our mailing list
If you are already a subscriber, please update your details with your postcode and/or ward, so that we can keep you informed of events specific to your area.
Further actions: we will be planning a series of meetings across the north of the borough to discuss our concerns, and we will aim to leaflet every home in the affected wards. We will need your help to achieve this.