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Friday, 21 December 2012

Season's Greetings!

Season's greetings to all Stoke Newington residents! 

With the Christmas markets, carols and mulled wine organised by the SNBA, late night shop openings and a lovely Christmas tree on Church Street, it has been a particularly festive period in Stoke Newington this year and it's been great to see all these initiatives so well supported by local residents.

It's been another busy year for the three of us, and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support during 2012. We look forward to continuing to work with you all over some of the challenges we face locally in 2013.

Council services over Christmas and New Year: There are some changes to refuse and recycling collections, opening times of council services and parking enforcement - all the details are here.

Update from the last Community Advisory Panel meeting

At the Community Advisory Panel meeting last week the local Police team updated us on the operations currently taking place to target anti social behaviour on the High Street and Church Street associated with the night time economy and street drinking. These are issues that are repeatedly raised by residents so we were pleased to see a coordinated attempt to tackle the problems and the team are having an impact. 

The priorities were also set for the months ahead - focussing on cycling on the pavement; anti social behaviour on Smalley Road Estate, and the High Street.

We also discussed recent changes to policing at the meeting. Each ward in London currently has its own Safer Neighbourhoods Team which is responsible for neighbourhood focused policing. The details of our team are here. At the CAP it was confirmed that we have a new Sergeant for the team, though currently shared with two other wards. We understand that the plan for next year is for our team to have its own dedicated Sergeant again. 

We've had serious concerns about any reductions to the numbers in Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Hackney - and Hackney Labour has pledged to campaign against any reductions. We understand that the Metropolitan Police say they want to increase the number of PCs committed to neighbourhood policing. This is to be delivered by moving officers from the back office, cutting middle managers such as inspectors and sergeants and continuing to recruit PCs from PCSO ranks.  We'll continue to keep you updated on these changes as we hear more. 

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

New licensing application - 170/172 Stoke Newington Road

Zrive 1 170/172 Stoke Newington Road London, N16 7UY have made an application for a premises license

To allow supply of alcohol from 11:00 to 00:00 Sun to Thur and from 11:00 to 01:00 Fri and Sat and late night refreshment from 23:00 to 01:00 Sun to Thur and from 23:00 to 02:00 Fri and Sat



These premises recently applied for a late night license and the licensing sub-committee granted opening hours until midnight only. The details of this decision are online here.

If you wish to make a representation these must address the licensing objectives:

    •    prevention of crime and disorder
    •    prevention of public nuisance
    •    public safety
    •    the protection of children from harm

There is a guide to making representations here. Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

The deadline is 24/12/12.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Ways into Work

Ways into Work is Hackney Council’s single point of contact for unemployed residents looking for employment, training and apprenticeships.

You can register online here to receive updates. 

The Hackney Homes employment roadshow in partnership with Ways into Work is now open at Stamford Hill neighbourhood office throughout November every Tuesday and Thursdays from 11am - 2pm. All Hackney residents are welcome to attend. Employment advisors will be present to answer all your queries.

Current opportunities being advertised include: 

A Health and Social care apprenticeship - full time for residents of East London 

Journalism - a media organisation recruiting people to become community journalists

Railway construction training programme - three week training open to all residents over 18 years and in receipt of JSA.






Tuesday, 13 November 2012

New licensing applications


Two new licensing applications have recently been submitted in our ward:
 
Bar A Bar 133/135 Stoke Newington Road London N16 8BT
Application for variation of premises licence to:
  • extend live music, recorded music, performance of dance, anything of similar description, facilities for making music, facilities for dance, entertainment of similar description, supply of alcohol and late night refreshment to 01:00am from Mon to Thur, to 03:30am Friday and Saturday and to 00:30am Sun.
Deadline 29/11/12

Costcutter Express 144/150 Stoke Newington Road London N16 7XA

Application for a premises licence to: 
  • allow supply of alcohol from 06:00 to 23:00 daily and late night refreshment from 23:00 to 05:00am daily.
Deadline 27/11/12.

If you wish to make a representation these must address the licensing objectives:
  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • public safety
  • the protection of children from harm
There is a guide to making representations here. Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Have your say on the night time economy.

The Living in Hackney Scrutiny Commission is currently carrying out a review of how the Council manages the impact of late-night entertainment in the borough. Cllr Susan Fajana-Thomas is a member of this commission.

As we know, Stoke Newington has a vibrant night time economy, but at times this can also cause problems for local residents who are disturbed at night and experience the increases in litter and mess on the streets. 

This has been a long standing issue for us as ward councillors, and we argued strongly in favour of a Special Policy Area (like Shoreditch has in place already) a few years ago.

The Commission is looking at how the night time economy is managed across the borough, (including the impact of the Special Policy Area in Shoreditch), what the relative costs and benefits of a vibrant nightlife are, and whether interventions are needed to maintain a positive balance between the businesses, visitors and local residents. 

It is important that local residents feed in their views as part of the review, as well as those using the night time economy. You can complete the brief survey online here.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Stoke Newington ward forum - 30th October

The second Stoke Newington Central ward forum is on Tuesday 30th October at 7pm in Yorkshire Grove Community Hall, Gunstor Road.

As we’ve explained before, the ward forums have now replaced the old Neighbourhood Forums. It’s a new way of encouraging local residents and councillors to work together, and the first meeting in July was a success. We did a number of activities and mapping exercises around the theme of ‘public and open space’ to encourage attendees to think about the good things in the local area, what needs improving and what the ward forum could prioritise. 

 Some of the priorities identified included:
  • Stoke Newington Gyratory - rat running on the roads in between, cyclists on pavements and going in the opposite direction.
  • The High Street – with issues including uneven pavements, obstacles such as A-boards, and waste from commercial properties
  • Noise – from the night time economy, police sirens, construction
  • Neglected spaces – in particular Somerford Gardens and the playground on Yorkshire Grove Estate

The next stage is for us to work out in more detail how we can take some of these issues forward, what we need to do together, and maybe even decide on some projects that we initiate through the forum.

Everyone is welcome on 30th, and if you have any suggestions, or want to be kept informed, please do get in touch!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

New licensing application - 55 Stoke Newington High Street


55 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 8EL has applied for a premises license to allow:

The supply of alcohol from 7am-midnight Sun-Thurs; and from 7am-2am Fri and Sat
Recorded music and dance from 3pm-midnight Sun-Thurs; and from 3pm-2am Fri and Sat
Live music from 6pm-midnight Sun-Thurs; and from 6pm-2am Fri and Sat
Late night refreshment from 11pm-midnight Sun-Thurs; and from 11pm-2am Fri and Sat

If you wish to make a representation these must address the licensing objectives:
    •    prevention of crime and disorder
    •    prevention of public nuisance
    •    public safety
    •    the protection of children from harm


There is a guide to making representations here. 




Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

The deadline is 1st November 2012.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

TfL improvements to Manse Rd/Rectory Rd junction


We’re pleased to see that Transport for London are making much needed safety improvements to the Manse Road and Rectory Road junction which has been an accident hot spot on a busy road. 

The pavement will be improved, as well as the traffic island which should stop large vehicles going onto the pavement at the junction.

The works are scheduled to start on Tuesday 16 October 2012 and will be completed by Monday 5 November 2012.

From Tuesday 16 October through to Friday 23 October 2012: Monday to Sunday only.
  • Between the hours of 07:30 to 16:30 the northbound carriageway on Rectory Road at its junction with the A10 Manse Road will be closed. This is to allow footways and upgrading of the island

From Wednesday 21 October through to Friday 23 October 2012:
  • Between the hours of 21:30h to 05:00 the northbound carriageway on the A10 Rectory Road at its junction with Rectory Road will be closed.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Community volunteering day in Kynaston Gardens

A lot of progress has been made over the last month in redeveloping Kynaston Gardens, and the grand opening is imminent!

This Sunday 14th October at 10am there is a community volunteering day to get people involved with the remaining planting in the Gardens.

There is more information on the poster here but everyone is welcome - even to just drop by and say hello.

Hope to see some of you there on Sunday.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Our comments on the Wilmer Place application

Over the past year, we have been working with residents and local groups and organisations on the proposed development of Wilmer Place. 

We have engaged with the consultation activities that have 
been on offer and repeatedly raised issues and concerns with the developer and Sainsbury’s. We have also received a large volume of correspondence from local residents over the past 12 months.

Councillors from Stoke Newington Central, Lordship and Clissold Wards have now submitted a joint response, which represents a summary of these issues and concerns.


You can read our representation here.  

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Changes to Council Tax benefit

The government is abolishing the current national council tax benefit scheme and cutting funding for its replacement. 

All councils across the country must replace it with a local council tax support scheme on 1 April 2013. Because it could mean changes for Hackney residents and local services, the Council is consulting with residents and wants to know your views on a proposed local scheme.
 

The proposal at the moment is to deal with the government's reduction is by spreading it across the claims of the 27,700 working-age claimants. This means that all council tax benefits claimants (except pensioners) will have to contribute amounts from less than £1 to up to £3.76 a week (based on a band D property in receipt of 100% council tax benefit).
 

All other application and assessment processes will remain unchanged from the current council tax benefit scheme.
 

The consultation is open until 22nd October and all the details are online here.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Hackney Council ward boundary changes - have your say

The Local Government Boundary Commission has published proposals to change the boundaries of Hackney's local council wards.

These changes have been proposed as Hackney's population has increased significantly over the past decade and Hackney's wards - which are currently all represented by three councillors - now have a very significant gap between the ward with the highest and the ward with the lowest population. This gap is only predicted to grow further over the coming years.


The Commission have sought to put together a proposal that equalises the number of electors represented by each councillor whilst aiming to respect existing communities and identities within the borough. The overall number of councillors will remain the same.


The proposals for Stoke Newington and our ward involve expanding the ward north to include Abney Park Cemetery, some roads north of Church Street and moving the border west to include some of the roads just south of Church Street. In the southern part of our ward, Brighton Road down to Princess May Road would move into a new ward called Shacklewell.


Yo
u can see the full proposals here and, if you want to, comment on the proposals by emailing reviews@lgbce.org.uk.

The consulatation ends on September 24th.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

West Hackney Recreation Ground - community consultation event


 













The latest plans for transforming West Hackney Recreation Ground will be on show at a community consultation event this Saturday 15th September at St Paul’s Church, West Hackney (10am-1pm).

This is a great opportunity to find out the latest with this exciting project as the bid for the second stage of the Heritage Lottery Funding is being prepared. 

There is also an online questionnaire where you can feed in your views here. 

Friday, 10 August 2012

West Hackney Recreation Ground - Have Your Say!

As we've mentioned many times before, there are exciting times ahead for West Hackney Recreation Ground.

At the moment, preparations are underway for the second stage of the application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a grant of £640,00 to regenerate West Hackney Recreation Ground and the surrounds of St Paul's Church.

The aim is to submit the application in February 2013. If it is successful, the new West Hackney Recreation Ground could be completed by the end of 2014.

A user group for WHRG is now up and running, and plans are progressing well. LDA Design are working on the application (their recent work includes Clissold and Vicotria Parks).

However - it is important that everyone who lives in the area takes this opportunity to get involved, and have their say.

There is an online questionnaire here that you can fill in and let the user group and LDA know your thoughts on what you want to see happening at West Hackney Recreation Ground.    

Licensing application - Homa


71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AS (Homa) have put in a licensing application for:
  • variation of existing premises licence to allow live music from 10am-23.30 daily
If you wish to make a representation these must address the licensing objectives:
  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • public safety
  • the protection of children from harm
There is a guide to making representations here.

The deadline for making representations is 21st August 2012.
Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Wilmer Place proposals - time to have your say

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The planning application for the Wilmer Place development is now available on the Council's website. This means that the the consultation period where you can have your say on the planning application has now started.

You can see a copy of the application and all the supplementary documents here. If you have trouble accessing them, you can search for the application here entering 2012/2228 in the 'application number' field.  The deadline for comments is 24 September 2012. You can send your comments to planningconsultation@hackney.gov.uk (using the reference 2012/2228 in the subject line) or online here.

It is important to make sure that your comments cover ‘relevant’ planning considerations, as these are the only matters that can the Council can take into account. The Council has produced a guide to commenting on applications here. 

We have prepared a short briefing to highlight what we think will be the key planning considerations relevant to the Wilmer Place application. It also highlights the policies against which your comments will be interpreted. If you would like to receive a copy of the briefing, please email us.

It is important to remember that Councillors not on the planning committee will not have any direct say in the final decision. However, ward Councillors can support and represent residents in their objections and speak on their behalf at the committee meeting. This is a common role that Councillors undertake. We have covered the role of councillors in the planning process here. 

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Remember to register to vote!

Every year there is an annual canvass to update the electoral register in Hackney. You should have received a form through your door with a form to fill in. It is important to register to vote so you can take part in any elections that might take place in 2013.

Not being registered to vote can also affect your credit rating as credit reference agencies often check against the register when you apply for a bank account, loan, mobile phone etc.Every household in Hackney must fully complete and return the Annual Household Registration form by the end of November 2012.


When you receive the form:
  • If there are no changes to your details then please use the free telephone, text or internet service.
  • You must list all eligible residents living at your property.
  • Please ensure all forms are signed, dated and names are written clearly. Incomplete forms will be returned for amendments.
  • It will help us if the form is returned immediately and will help minimise costs, as a canvasser will not have to call to collect it.
For more details about the annual canvass click here.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Things to do in Hackney over the summer

All residents should recently have received the edition of Hackney Today featuring the annual guide to summer activities for young people. There are a range of things in the guide - arts and culture, sports and play schemes, and most of them are free.

Examples include:
  • Free film screenings for teenagers
  • Olympics-themed art workshops at Hackney Museum
  • Film-making workshops for 13-19 year-olds
  • Crafts and writing sessions at libraries across the borough
  • Learning about artist management, studio techniques and how to promote live shows
The Access to Sports summer programme is running coaching sessions and tournaments in everything from football and athletics to tennis and handball. The council’s Parks for Life programme also continues with activities including yoga, roller skating and zumba in parks across the borough.

If you did not receive the guide, copies can be downloaded here.

New licensing application

Most Art, 86 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7PA have put in a licensing application for:
  • variation of premises licence for allow supply of alcohol and the provision of late night refreshment from 7am-1am Mon to Thurs; 7am-2am Friday; 8am-2am Sat; and 8am-midnight Sunday
If you wish to make a representation these must address the licensing objectives:
  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • public safety
  • the protection of children from harm
There is a guide to making representations here.

The deadline for making representations is 17th August 2012.
Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Wilmer Place: planning and the role of councillors

As you are no doubt aware, the planning application for the Wilmer Place has now been submitted. However, the application has not been validated yet so there are no documents or details for us to see. 



During the validation process the Council is required to check that the application contains all the information necessary to make a decision. We expect that this will take a few weeks from the date the application was submitted, after which the application will be published online and the 21 day consultation period starts. We will let you know as soon as this happens.



Over the past months a lot of people have asked us about the role of ward councillors in the planning process. We thought it would be useful to summarise this before the validation process has been completed:


  • Only a small number of applications are actually decided by the planning committee. Applications come to Planning Committee only if officers recommend permission is granted. They have delegated powers to refuse without reference to the Committee. Applications are usually referred to the planning committee if they are for large developments or - for various reasons - are complex. It is very likely that this particular application will be referred to committee.
  • Planning sub-committee is quasi-judicial process. The sub-committee comprises of just nine (+ 6 substitutes) of Hackney's 57 elected Councillors.
  • Councillors on the planning committee are not representing their political parties or their wards. This means that planning committee members cannot get involved in campaigns or give a view on applications. They have to approach their decision with an open mind and without prejudicial interest. This is planning law, and not unique to Hackney.

  • Councillors on the planning committee may decide not to sit on the committee hearing a particular application – this could be because the application is in their ward and they’ve been in correspondence and involved with residents over it, and therefore could be accused of having a prejudicial interest if they were to sit on the committee. Again – this is not uncommon and part of the Code of Conduct for all councillors. 


  • Councillors not on the planning committee won't have any say in the final decision.

  • What this means in Stoke Newington Central: Rita and Louisa are not on theplanning committee. Susan is on the committee, but as we have all been actively involved in raising our concerns with the proposed development and working with local residents on the issue, she will not sit on the planning committee meeting where any Wilmer Place application would be considered

  • Ward Councillors can however support and represent residents in their objections.
  • We can also have a formal role at the actual planning committee meeting (should this application get that far) and can speak on behalf of residents. We have done this on previous applications in our ward, and it is a common role that councillors undertake as part of their ward work. We will work out between us what the best way is to effectively use the time allocated to councillors at the committee hearing.


  • There is a fuller explanation of this in front of every planning sub committee agenda – see here for a recent one.    

  • As the planning application has now gone in, we will be making our own representation on the application outlining the planning concerns that we have been raising in recent months.



  • Once the application has been published online we will also circulate a briefing to local residents to help guide them when commenting on the application. This will summarise the planning system in Hackney, and identifies some of the key policy areas that you may wish to consider when preparing your response. Please email us if this would be useful.

    



Tuesday, 17 July 2012

One Hackney Festival


This weekend is the One Hackney Festival - and Stoke Newington has a starring role!
 
The parade starts at 10.30am on Pitfield Street, and will arrive in Stoke Newington three hours later


The Parade will feature 15 floats, including six "soundscapes", which together tell the story of Hackney. Joining local DJs and musicians, is a 35-strong troupe of top musicians from Brazil, who are coming over specially to take part in the Parade.
 
There will also be plenty of entertainment throughout the borough until the arrival of the Olympic Torch at Shoreditch at 15.54.
 
As you will have seen, the planned event at Clissold Park will no longer take place as the event site is waterlogged and has been deemed unsafe. Anyone who booked tickets for this event is being contacted. The Parade will run as planned along the same 2.8 mile route, and ends in Stoke Newington. There will be some extra pop-up surprises around the borough during the day which will be announced this week - we'll keep you posted!
 
For more details about the One Hackney Festival see www.hackney.gov.uk/one-festival.



Friday, 13 July 2012

Wilmer Place: local employment opportunities


Following yesterday's letter on housing, Labour Councillors in Stoke Newington Central, Lordship and Clissold wards have today written an open letter to Sainsbury's calling on the company to maximise employment and training opportunities for local residents and to set what support they will offer to local business if the proposed development at Wilmer Place goes ahead.

Below is a copy of the text of the letter that has been sent.

Sainsbury’s has estimated that the proposed store would create up to 150 new jobs. However, it has not been clear whether this is the total number of individual jobs, or the total number of full time equivalent jobs.

If the development is approved, we want to see as many of these jobs as possible offered to local people. We also think that there is a valuable opportunity to provide local jobs during the construction phase.

The provision of local labour and construction is one of a number of ‘Planning Contributions’ (like affordable housing) that will be negotiated and agreed as part of the planning process.

We are pleased that Sainsbury’s has committed to a “local labour agreement” which is a written commitment between employers, investors or developers and Councils to recruit and train residents from a particular local area for some or all jobs. The letter calls for this agreement to include a commitment for Sainsbury's to provide the maximum number of jobs as possible for local people.

Copy of the Letter to Sainsbury's:

13 July 2012

Dear Mr King,

RE: Proposed Development of Wilmer Place, Stoke Newington

Following the second public display of the plans for the Wilmer Place development we are pleased that many of the issues we raised last year have been taken on board. However, there are still a number of important issues and concerns that we would like to see addressed.

1. Local Employment Opportunities
At the public exhibition it was estimated that the proposed new Sainsbury’s store in Stoke Newington would create up to 150 new jobs. However, it is still not clear whether this is the total number of individual jobs, or the total number of full time equivalent jobs.

We are pleased that Sainsbury’s has committed to a local labour agreement - a written commitment between employers, investors or developers and Councils to recruit and train residents from a particular local area for some or all jobs. Whilst we are aware that negotiations around this will form part of the planning process, we want to stress the importance of this agreement including the maximum number of jobs as possible for local people. It would also be helpful if you could set out what training and development opportunities will be available and how you will ensure that these are offered to local people.

Furthermore, we think that there is a valuable opportunity to provide local jobs and training opportunities during the construction phase. We urge you and the developer, Newmark Properties, to ensure that this opportunity is made available to Stoke Newington residents.

2. Support for Local Business
Hackney planning policy states that the Council should encourage a diverse range of developments within its major and district centres, including Stoke Newington. These developments are required to enhance the environmental quality of the area and to resist the loss of shops.

As you know, Stoke Newington is home to a successful and diverse independent retail and evening economy, which is complemented by more affordable provision on the High Street. We would like more detail from you on what assessment you have made of the impact your new store will have on local businesses, and what support you can give to local shops in Stoke Newington who could lose potentially lose business as a result of the new store.

We look forward to receiving your response on these two issues.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Wilmer Place and affordable housing


Labour Councillors in  Stoke Newington Central, Lordship and Clissold wards have today written an open letter to Newmark Properties calling for the proposed development at Wilmer Place to include the highest number of ‘affordable’ homes as possible. The letter also calls on Newmark to clarify what action they will be taking to support the existing tenants of Wilmer Place who face losing their homes and places of work if the proposed development goes ahead.

Below is a copy of the text of the letter that has been sent.

You will be aware that the developer is proposing a mixed residential and commercial development. At the recent public exhibition is was proposed that the development would consist of 68 flats (14x1, 33x2 & 21x3 beds) – an increase from 44 flats in the original plans. A critical issue that is yet to be resolved is the proportion of this that will be ‘affordable.’

For all developments comprising 10 residential units or more Hackney has a borough-wide target requiring 50% of all units to be ‘affordable’. This should include a mix of three-bedroom (or larger) family housing.

Like any development, the precise number of ‘affordable’ homes is subject to negotiation. In the letter we call for the Wilmer Place development to include the highest number of ‘affordable’ homes as possible - and for as many of these as possible to be made available for social rent.

Copy of the Letter to Newmark Properties:

11 July 2012

Dear Mr Cohen,

RE: Proposed Development of Wilmer Place, Stoke Newington

Following the second public display of the plans for the Wilmer Place development we are pleased that many of the issues we raised last year have been taken on board. However, there are still a number of important issues and concerns that we would like to see addressed, in particular around affordable housing.

From the plans that were on display, we understand that the current proposal is for the development to include 68 flats in total (14x1, 33x2 & 21x3 beds). However, a critical issue that is yet to be resolved is the proportion of this that is proposed as ‘affordable.’

Given the high level of market rents in Hackney, and the demand for affordable housing – particularly family sized, it is important that any new development on Wilmer Place recognises and seeks to meet this need. We would welcome more detail from you on what you are proposing is the breakdown of affordable housing for this scheme – in particular the numbers of units for social rent, ‘affordable’ rent and shared ownership.

Hackney Council’s guidelines are that for all developments comprising 10 residential units or more 50% of these should be ‘affordable’. This should include a mix of three-bedroom (or larger) family housing.  The Council has also published guidance stating that the mix of ‘affordable’ homes in new developments should be a minimum of 25% social rent and 75% affordable (40% of which should be ‘intermediate’).

You will be aware that the Government’s Affordable Rent Model allows rents to be charged up to a maximum of 80% of the market price. This is considered to fall within the definition of ‘affordable’ housing for planning purposes. As market rents are particularly high in Hackney the Council recently published guidelines on the levels of ‘affordable rents’ in the Borough: up to 70% of local market rents for a 1 bed property; up to 60% of local market rents for 2 beds; up to 50% of local market rents for 3 beds; and up to 50% of local market rents for 4 beds.

Given the shortage of affordable housing in our area, if the development goes ahead we urge you to ensure that the highest number of affordable homes possible is achieved in this development, and that the as many of these as possible are available for social rent level rather than the ‘affordable’ rent model. We are aware that these issues will be subject to detailed negotiations between you, a partner housing association and the Council, but we want to stress the importance of the local targets set out above.

The second issue we would like to raise with you regards support for existing tenants of Wilmer Place. We are aware that the existing properties on the site have always been leased on a short term basis. However, now that a planning application is imminent it appears that little is being done to help the people who face losing their homes and places of work.

We would like you to outline what help and support will be given to existing tenants of Wilmer Place, if your proposed development goes ahead, and how you intend to handle this process in terms of notice, compensation and support for relocation.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.