Wilmer Place: two big wins!

Stokey Local has announced two big wins on the Wilmer Place development. Here are their headlines:-

“First an apology: it has been more than six months since our last update. However, we (or at least our very own ‘planning nerd’ Nick Perry and his team of volunteer experts) have not been idle.

We can report:-

  • An out of court settlement has provided us with the Financial Viability Assessments (and indicates that the planning committee were misinformed).
  • The developer Newmark Properties have sold the site and the new owner looks set to resell it in at least two parcels (which would preclude the original overdevelopment ever being realised).”

You can read the full report and background here.

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Housing Planning Workshop this Tuesday 1st December 2015

The next workshop to discuss local housing needs will be on

6.00 pm Tuesday 1st December

Stamford Hill Community Centre,

Stamford Hill Estate,

London N16 6RS

Plan projects report that the workshop held on the 24th November attracted 40 participants over the course of the evening. Collectively, the event achieved a very good representation of people from different ethnic and religious groups in the community.

They say that overcrowding, affordability and additional housing for older residents and families where key massages. Also that there were concerns that, if a significant quantity of new housing is to be delivered, people called for improved infrastructure, and that important assets, such as green spaces, be safeguarded.

The next event on 1st December will engage participants in how to address these issues of need and invite people, with the support of our project architects, to set out how they would go about developing major sites in the neighbourhood.

There are again two sessions you may join:-

Session one –     5.30pm for refreshments

6pm workshop start (and will last 1hr 15mins)

or

Session two –     7.45pm for refreshments

8.15pm workshop start (and will last 1hr 15mins)

If you have any questions before the meeting, please call Ivan Tennant from the consultants running the workshops on 020 7739 3007, or email him at ivan@plan-projects.co.uk

You can find out more about the area the Action Plan process, reports from previous workshops and the overall timetable here.

 

New Housing Need Workshop Tuesday 24th November 2015

As part of the consultation process to build what it calls an “evidence base” for the area Action Plan Hackney Council is conducting a series of public workshops open to all with residents, Ward councillors and the Hackney Planning team.

The next workshop looking at housing need in Stamford Hill is on

Tuesday 24th November

At Stamford Hill Community Centre,

Stamford Hill Estate,

London N16 6RS.

On account of the high anticipated demand, there will be two sessions. They are timetabled as follows:

Session one –     5.30pm for refreshments

6pm workshop start (and will last 1hr)

Session two –     7.30pm for refreshments

8pm workshop start (and will last 1hr)

A second a week later will be on Housing our growing community on Tuesday 1st December 2015.

If you have any questions before the meeting, please call Ivan Tennant from the consultants running the workshops on 020 7739 3007, or email him at ivan@plan-projects.co.uk

You can find out more about the area the Action Plan process, reports from previous workshops and the overall timetable here.

 

Area Action Plan Community Workshop Tuesday 20th October

As part of the consultation process to build what it calls an “evidence base” for the area Action Plan Hackney Council is conducting a series of public workshops open to all with residents, Ward councillors and the Hackney Planning team. The next is on Building Stronger Communities and will be held on

Tuesday 20 October 2015 6pm-8pm at the

Oak Tree Community Centre Ltd, 77 Bethune Rd, N16 5ED

The Council say that the Area Action Plan aims to build on one of the borough’s greatest strengths – its diversity; the workshop will therefore focus on how people can work together in Stamford Hill to achieve balanced, sustainable communities and neighbourhoods which celebrate diversity, improve quality of life and enable everyone to share in London’s growing prosperity.

If you have any questions before the meeting, please call Ivan Tennant from the consultants running the workshops on 020 7739 3007, or email him at ivan@plan-projects.co.uk

You can find out more about the area the Action Plan process, reports from previous workshops and the overall timetable here.

Area Action Plan Workshop Monday October 12th 2015

Hackney Council is preparing a key planning document (called an Area Action Plan, AAP) that will guide decision-making about development in Stamford Hill.

As part of the process there will be a “Boosting health and well-being planning” workshop from 6-8pm on Monday October 12th 2015 at the  Oak Tree Community Centre, 77 Bethune Rd, London N16 5ED.
The wellbeing workshop will discuss what ‘a good, productive life’ means to people in Stamford Hill and the extent to which they are able to live this dream.

Important issues will be on the agenda, such as public health and people’s sense of security. The AAP has the potential to make a real and positive difference to these vital aspects of community life.

The event will also seek ideas from residents as to how the community itself could get involved in promoting physical and mental health in the neighbourhood.

Join Ward Councillors, the Hackney Planning Team and fellow residents to hear more about the AAP and discuss how we can promote mental and physical well-being in Stamford Hill.

If you have any questions before the meeting, please call Ivan Tennant on 020 7739 3007, or email him at ivan@plan-projects.co.uk

Hackney Unites against anti-semitism

Hackney Planning Watch fully endorses the following statement by Hackney Unites. 

As a Hackney group working to unite the borough’s communities, we are disgusted that a virulent, and criminal anti-Semite (from Yeovil) has proposed a protest targeting the Jewish community of Stamford Hill.

We have launched a petition calling on the police and the local authority to respect the wishes of every section of the community and use their powers to prevent this deliberate attempt to incite racial hatred. We are also calling on the police to investigate whether a criminal offence has been committed in the disgusting promotional material he has produced for this event.

We recognise that the individual concerned hopes to promote confrontation. We are therefore determined that we will not provide him with that satisfaction, but will instead bring our whole community together to celebrate multicultural Stamford Hill.

Please sign the petition and encourage others to do the same.

Area Action Plan Meeting

We’re planning a public meeting for the New Year to discuss the Council’s announcement of an Area Action Plan for North Hackney. The good news is that on 24 November, the Council rejected two competing proposals for a neighbourhood forum in the Stamford Hill. This is undoubtedly a good step as it means that planning will remain within the direct control of the Council and will not be ceded to one or other ‘special interest’ group, as reported in East London Lines and the Hackney Gazette

However the big question now is, given that the Council have decided to declare an Area Action Plan for the area, what involvement will there be from the community?

We are therefore  calling a public meeting in the new year, where we will have some community planning advisors discuss what an Area Action Plan is, and we will begin the process of asking what is it that we need from a planning policy for the area.

The time and place of the meeting will be announced shortly. We’re aiming for the week beginning 19th January and it is hoped that it will be an opportunity for people from all sectors of our community to begin a discussion about our shared needs and aspirations for the area.

For too long planning has been a divisive issue in this area, the only way we can change that is if we start listening to each other and exploring solutions that work for all.

More details to follow. But in the meantime, if you know people concerned about planning in north Hackney, please get them to sign up for our newsletter.

Thank you for your support