News: Sainsbury/Wilmer Place: Judicial Review Served & Fund Going Gangbusters; 91 Amhurst Park, a “minor amendment”

Nick Perry has delivered the application for judicial review at the High Court in the Strand. And the community is coming forward with the money we need to fund it. Almost £8,000 has already been raised of the £10,000 we need to fight the legal action to defend Abney Park Cemetery, the conservation area and the independent shops and unique culture of Stoke Newington.

Within two weeks the Fund had received donations most of £50 or less from over 100 people totalling more than £5,000. All donations are welcome, we’ve had dozens of small donations (£5 to £10) which are equally important.  Every little helps, and if you cannot afford £50, please feel free to send a smaller donation.

You can now make your donations through on-line or telephone banking:
Account name: Stokey Local Community Fund
Sort code: 08-60-01
Account number 20316473

Let’s spread the word
We need to inform our community that the fight is still on and Hackney Planning Watch is funding 10,000 leaflets. Last time we needed to leaflet the area, we had over 60 volunteers delivering leaflets in their part of town. We are speaking up for Stokey, let’s make sure we speak for the whole of Stokey.

If you can assist in delivering this next set of leaflets, please register here:

Appeal against the rejection of the first application
In April the Council voted to reject the first application by the developer, the developer lodged an appeal and then submitted their second ‘revised’ application. Several councillors on the planning committee indicated that they had voted to approve the second application because the developer had given an undertaking that if it was approved they would withdraw their appeal against the original refusal. The Councillors view was that approving the second application (with its minor revisions) was a ‘least worst’ scenario. It may shock and even anger some people, but it will not surprise anyone to learn that the developer has not withdrawn their appeal.


East London Lines have an interactive timeline of the campaign. 

 What next?
It is going to be a hectic few days and then we will have to wait for the court to respond. In the meantime, we are planning to:

  • leaflet the whole of Stoke Newington
  • hold a meeting to inform and discuss next steps (Details to follow).
  • explore with interested parties the idea of a ‘Stokey’ or ‘Hackney’ pound
  • organise some form of social event (suggestions welcome)
  • organise a twitter storm (where we get lots of people tweeting about the issue at the same time, which grabs people’s attention). If you are on twitter please follow @stokeylocal and regularly retweet some of the tweets.

91 Amhurst Park, a “minor amendment”

Meanwhile for those of you following the saga of the school development at 91 Amhurst Park, the owners have now applied for a “minor amendment” which appears to remove some of the protection originally afforded the occupants of the neighbouring flats, the Trees. The planning application amendment and the form for making comments, or raising objections, should you wish to do so before 14th October 2013 can be found here.  


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