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News / 8 March, 2012

Hackney Council rejects Dalston 18-storey tower block plan

Town Hall planning committee turns down proposal for 18-storey block in Kingsland High Street

Dalston tower

Artist's impression of the proposed tower plan that was was rejected by Hackney Council's planning committee on Wednesday 7 March

At its meeting yesterday evening (Wednesday 7 March), Hackney Council’s planning committee unanimously rejected a proposal to build an 18-storey development of £400,000 flats in the heart of Dalston, against the recommendation of the council’s planning department.

The committee considered the arguments for and against the so-called ‘Dalston Green’ proposal for a tower at 51-57 Kingsland High Street, whilst members of the public crammed the gallery and the council chamber to await the outcome.

The committee had received a petition opposing the scheme signed by 1,328 local residents as well as 267 formal objections, including one from the neighbouring borough of Islington.

Speaking in favour of the planning application, a representative of developer Rothas maintained that the building would be ‘elegant’ and green, with plants on its walls: “The building will be unique in London providing extensive vertical growing”.

Local opposition was spearheaded by campaign group OPEN Dalston, five of whose members spoke against the proposal on the grounds that it would be too large and overbearing, that consultation had been inadequate and that there was no affordable housing built into the scheme.

These same concerns were voiced by various members of the committee, including the Chair, Councillor Vincent Stops, who opposed the proposal on the grounds that it did not provide affordable housing and was of an inappropriate design.

Following the refusal, campaigners were jubilant. Bill Parry-Davies of OPEN Dalston said: “We’re going to celebrate Dalston’s victory for environmental and social justice”.

/ 8 March, 2012
  • Cainophobic halfwit

    We blocked the building of 130 modern homes…hip, hip, hooray!!

  • Hackney Den Mother

    Halfwitted locals prevent benign developers enhancing locale again! Don’t worry! Mr Cameron will have them priced out to Dagenham before you know it!

  • cyburn

    Dagenham will be known as new Hackney/Dalston as the “locals” are driven there.

  • Antitwat

    Fey, metrosexual men working in social media cry tears. Localszumped!

  • I am amazed but I do not think the developers or the planning department will take this lying down. They will win in the end

  • cock&balls

    thank fuk for that !!! looked awful

  • The Great Smell Of Brute

    “We blocked the building of 130 modern homes…hip, hip, hooray!!”

    “Halfwitted locals prevent benign developers enhancing locale again!”

    Well, as was pointed out, it would be too large and overbearing, the consultation was inadequate and there would have been no affordable housing built into the scheme – i.e. the development would have been for the benefit of the developer, without any corresponding benefits for local people.

    “Fey, metrosexual men working in social media cry tears. Localszumped!” – precisely, Antitwat! 😉

    “I am amazed but I do not think the developers or the planning department will take this lying down.”

    Well, Mayor Pipe and his merry little Blairite clique do appear to have a hidden development agenda for the borough, based on the usual ‘public/private’ principle.

  • Andrew Boff

    Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice. A diverse range of people who care (rather than just blog from their spittle flecked keyboards) turned up to present a convincing case of why this sickeningly cynical scheme was wrong for Dalston. I’ve long been a fan of Barry Buitekant but thank you in addition to Cllrs Stops, Hanson, Desmond and Munn for rejecting this crappy scheme.

  • barry buitekant

    Andrew you have left out Councillor Bell from your kind remarks.

  • Andrew Boff

    Ooops, sorry. His comments on affordable housing were spot on.

  • The Great Smell Of Hypocrisy

    Andrew, wasn’t it your Tory colleague Boris who dropped London’s 50% affordable homes target?
    Maybe you’ll be voting for Ken in May?

  • Andrew Boff

    @TGSOH – A political target is not delivery. Boris has delivered the highest number of family homes in London in a decade, increased the proportion of family homes required on new developments, changed Ken’s plans on the Olympic Parks to ensure that the first ‘village’ to be build, Chobham Manor, will deliver family homes with gardens rather than Ken’s rabbit hutches, delivered 50,000 affordable homes since elected Mayor and has just granted permission for the UK’s first urban community land trust. Ken talks, Boris delivers.

  • The Great Smell Of Hypocrisy

    We weren’t discussing “famliy homes” but affordable housing. I repeat – wasn’t it your Tory colleague Boris who dropped London’s 50% affordable homes target?

  • The Great Smell Of Brute

    @The Great Smell Of Hy-po-cri-sy [sic]:

    Why are you trying to turn this into a party political issue?

  • Because it is a political issue. Ken and Labour Hackney handed over public owned land like on Dalston Lane to Barrats who provided ZERO affordable or social housing in the development. They also sold the majority of flats to buy to let investors in the far east. Exactly the same has happened on the Woodberry Down Estate. At least Boris is doing something about the afforable housing shortage in London and not filling developers pockets.

  • The Great Smell Of Hypocrisy

    Abbas, clearly you think that the dropping of the affordable homes target was a good thing, and clearly you know absolutely nothing about the Woodberry Down Estate regeneration nor the housing policies of Boris. The regeneration does have affordable housing, but the progress is having some problems since the Tory-led government decided to pull £60million from the project.
    If people want to see more affordable homes, don’t vote Tory.

  • Abbas

    @ The Great Smell of Labour Hypocrisy
    Interesting you choose to ignore what went on at Dalston Lane. I stand corrected if social and affordable housing is to be provided on the Woodberry Down Estate redevelopment.

  • Benjamin

    Today’s Independent on the changes to planning law;
    “People don’t want to see high-rise flats being built….so, unfortunately there is little choice other than building on greenfield sites”. (Government source).
    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/the-builders-charter-osborne-to-overturn-65-years-of-planning-law-7579471.html
    Well done Bill Parry-Davies and his mysterious Organisation for Promotion of Environmental Needs Ltd, and well done No Hackney High-rise. The “worst-case scenario” (in the words of the European Environment Agency) of low-rise urban sprawl on greenfield due to a combination of self-serving greed over ones own property price and sheer environmental ignorance.

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