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Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Wilmer Place - March 2012

When we’ve been out doing our walkabout surgeries recently, quite a few people have asked if we have heard anything further on the proposed development at Wilmer Place. Like many of you, we’ve found it frustrating that there has been a long silence from the developer, after residents in Stoke Newington made it clear last year that they had serious concerns about the plans for the site.

We have stressed to Newmark Properties and Four Communications the importance of keeping residents in Stoke Newington informed about their plans. We thought it would be helpful to let you know where things currently are.

The first thing to say is that no formal planning application has been submitted to the Council. We were promised by Four Communications in November 2011 that this would not happen until the developer, Newmark Properties, and Sainsbury’s had held a second public exhibition of their plans.

On 1st December we were told that a date for this had not been decided as the developer was still reviewing the feedback received and trying to incorporate this into the plans. We have consistently argued that a second consultation meeting is crucial given the flawed nature of the online survey last year and the fact that the plans are likely to have changed considerably since they were first published.

We were due to meet with the developer this week so that we could report back to residents on the how the current plans looked and whether local concerns had been taken into account. However, the meeting was cancelled as the developer wanted to meet with Council Planning Officers first.

It is disappointing that we cannot be any clearer about the current plans, or when they will be exhibited, but as soon as we know anymore we will let you know. In the meantime, if there are any specific issues that you would like raised, please do let us know.

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