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Dalston ‘gated community’ plans withdrawn for now

Dalston ‘gated community’ plans withdrawn for now

Plans to build a “gated community” in Dalston have been withdrawn and will be reviewed by Transport for London following a request from Hackney Council. The plans, put forward by owners TfL and development partners Taylor Wimpey, proposed an eight storey residential block on Kingsland High Street. The community advocacy…

Consultation on skyscraper plans commences

Consultation on skyscraper plans commences

A consultation began last week for plans to build the UK’s third tallest skyscraper in the Isle of Dogs. The plans were submitted to Tower Hamlets Council by developers Chalegrove Properties. Councillors fear that this development project could place considerable strain on local infrastructure after Census results published in December…

Liberal Democrats reject neighbourhood forum

Liberal Democrats reject neighbourhood forum

Hackney’s Liberal Democrat Party has withdrawn support for a proposed “Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum” which is hoping to take on local development, under the terms of the Localism Act 2011. The Liberal Democrats brand the plans as “vague and unprofessional”, “too large” and “undemocratic”. The one Liberal Democrat councillor who…

Woodberry Down estate public inquiry adjourned

Woodberry Down estate public inquiry adjourned

Residents of the housing estate Woodberry Down, in Hackney, face an anxious wait after the Council’s barrister failed to show-up to a public inquiry that was supposed to take place on January 23 and 24 at Hackney Town Hall. The inquiry is an investigation into a compulsory purchase order issued…

Council moves homeless families outside the Borough

Council moves homeless families outside the Borough

The council has appointed a task force to find available properties outside Croydon for the borough’s homeless families. Councillor Dudley Mead, cabinet member for housing, said: “While we would prefer to keep families in Croydon, the reality is we have to look further a field. Relocation areas lie within a…

No more barriers to Poplar Baths regeneration

No more barriers to Poplar Baths regeneration

A £36m regeneration of Poplar Baths will soon be under way with plans to create up to 100 affordable homes at the Tower Hamlets site. While campaigns for restoring the old building, which is located along the East India Dock Road, have been going on for years, a solution for…

Meeting planned to fight ‘top led’ public planning forum

Meeting planned to fight ‘top led’ public planning forum

A meeting is to be held tomorrow (Tuesday) in opposition to a proposed ‘Stamford Hill neighbourhood forum’ which, if approved, will take over planning decisions in Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, Clapton and Manor House. The forum proposals were submitted to Hackney council in December by a committee made up of…

Residents from ELL boroughs suffer rise in rent as effect of Olympics and overseas buyers push up prices

Residents from ELL boroughs suffer rise in rent as effect of Olympics and overseas buyers push up prices

Median rents in Hackney are  71 per cent of the median family income in London.  In Tower Hamlets the median rent comes to 68.8 per cent of average income. Research by the campaign group, Homes for London, set up by housing charity Shelter, has revealed that Hackney has the seventh highest rent:income…

Nearly 10,000 homes sit empty in ELL boroughs, as over 60,000 households wait on council housing lists

Nearly 10,000 homes sit empty in ELL boroughs, as over 60,000 households wait on council housing lists

Close to 10,000 homes stand empty across the Eastlondonlines boroughs, while 60,491 households wait on council housing lists. Tower Hamlets has 2,317 empty houses, while 23,128 households wait on the council’s housing list. In Croydon, those figures stand at 2,962 and 7,880; in Hackney they are 2,255 and 13,423; and in…

Lewisham leaseholders battle Private Finance Initiative

Lewisham leaseholders battle Private Finance Initiative

  In an unprecedented legal twist, a group of Lewisham leaseholders this week came closer to viewing a contract that they have fought to see for almost five years. Under a 20 year Private Finance Initiative contract ( PFI ), leaseholders were told they would be expected to pay a…