On Monday we wrote to Newmark Properties and Sainsbury’s asking both companies to attend a public meeting to discuss the proposed development at Wilmer Place, Stoke Newington.
The letter raised serious concerns about the development and highlighted that a deeply flawed consultation has provided little opportunity for the views of the local community to be properly considered.
Yesterday we received a response from Four Communications on behalf of Newmark Properties and Sainsbury’s.
The response fails to address our concerns and rejects the request for a public meeting.
Four Communications state in their letter that a planning application will only be submitted “once we are satisfied we have addressed the key issues and have the best scheme possible for Stoke Newington.”
The best way to understand this is by hearing directly from the residents and businesses that the proposals will affect.
We have issued the following statement in response:
“The response from Four Communications is inadequate and shows the continuing unwillingness of Newmark Properties and Sainsbury's to consult with and listen to local residents. They have yet again failed to address the issues with the Wilmer Place development and have rejected our request for a public meeting.
“It is about time that Newmark Properties and Sainsbury’s take responsibility for the significant impact this development would have on local residents and businesses and commit to attending a public meeting before any planning application is submitted.
"We will be writing again to Newmark Properties and Sainsbury’s to urge them to reconsider their position.”