Thursday, 4 April 2013
Wilmer Place development rejected by Planning Committee
Last night Hackney Council's Planning Committee voted to reject plans to redevelop Wilmer Place.
Local residents packed the Council Chamber to observe the Committee's deliberations. Following a presentation by the Council Officer, who was recommending that the Committee approve the application, councillors Daniel Stevens (Lordship) and Louisa Thomson (Stoke Newington Central) spoke in opposition to the plans. The speech Louisa gave is here and Daniel’s is online here.
Louisa highlighted concerns about housing, transport, noise and light, and the damaging effect a large supermarket would have on the local economy. Daniel focused on the detrimental impact the development would have on the historic character and biodiversity of Abney Park.
Our contributions were followed by speeches from local campaigners Nick Perry, Russell Miller and Damian Duggan-Ryan, who had the difficult task of covering a wide range of objections in just five minutes between them.
Stokey Local have run a very effective campaign over the last 18 months and it's been great to see so many people across the area come together united by their enthusiasm for Stoke Newington. Labour councillros in Stoke Newington have supported this campaign, and also worked tirelessly since the first proposals were revealed in August 2011 to highlight the concerns of residents, lobby for changes, and outline the real planning concerns about the proposed development.
The developer have said that they will appeal the decision, so we will keep you informed of what happens next. But for now we can celebrate a great victory for Stoke Newington.
Louisa's speech at the Planning Committee can be downloaded here.
Posted by Louisa Thomson at 11:36