Cross posted with our colleagues in Lordship ward.
Since July we have been campaigning for a public meeting to discuss the proposed development at Wilmer Place.
We recently collected nearly 500 signatures during just two street stalls on Church Street calling for a public meeting on the plans. We felt the developer should be accountable to the local community, given the big impact the plans are likely to have on Stoke Newington if they are approved.
Despite the developer and Sainsbury’s refusing to attend a public meeting and rejecting an invitation to the Stoke Newington Neighbourhood Forum, we are pleased to say they have now agreed to a second exhibition for the public before the plans are submitted.
This is an important opportunity to see how the plans have changed and whether any of the many planning concerns we have been raising have been addressed. We have written to the developer again today asking for details of when and where the exhibition will be held; how they plan to promote it within the local community to ensure as many people as possible can attend and how they will record and report back on the issues that get raised by residents at the exhibition. A copy of the letter is provided below.
We will keep you posted as soon as we have more information.
Copy of our Letter to Four Communications:
Dear Alun, We write in response to your email of 20 October 2011. Please accept my apologies for the delay in replying.
We are disappointed that you do not feel able to attend a public meeting to discuss the proposed development at Wilmer Place. The grounds for doing so not a fair representation of the residents of Stoke Newington who care passionately about their local area and would like to have a say in how it develops.
We understand that there are a wide range of views on the proposals. We have worked closely with nearly 500 Stoke Newington residents that have signed a petition calling on Newmark Properties and Sainsbury's to attend a public meeting so that these views can be discussed. Therefore, it is incorrect to say that it is the local planning authority that is requesting a public meeting: it is the local residents and businesses that will be directly affected. It is their view that your consultation to date has been deeply flawed and provided little opportunity for local opinion to be properly considered.
However, we do welcome your proposal to hold a second public exhibition before submitting a formal planning application. In the absence of a public meeting it does at least offer some form of further engagement. We would welcome details on when and where the exhibition will be held; how you plan to promote it within the local community and how you will record and report back on the issues that get raised by residents at the exhibition.
Our letter of 22 August 2011 highlighted a range of planning concerns, which, again, you have not yet addressed. We have also called on Sainsbury’s to provide more information about the impact the store will have on the local economy. The refusal of Newmark Properties and Sainsbury's to be transparent and accountable to the local community about these issues is of considerable concern. We hope that you will respond to these issues and we look forward to hearing from you soon.