Last chance for locals to oppose 18-storey tower

Pic: Nico Hogg, Flickr

Local residents have a week to make comments about a proposed application for planning permission for an 18-story residential tower on Kingsland High Street, next to Dalston Kingsland overground station.

The tower would house 130 flats and a shop on the ground floor, and the developers propose to remodel the station entrance to make it more accessible.

Other features include a roof terrace and greenery on the sides of the building to improve its appearance and ecological traits.

However, some residents are opposed to the plans. Open Dalston blog, run by Dalston locals, expressed concerns with a number of aspects of the building.

The main objection is the height of the building, as there are no buildings higher than four storeys on the street and surrounding areas – it is thought the building could block light from other properties.

Other concerns raised include the issue of affordable housing. Of the 130 flats planned, only 17 flats are deemed to be “affordable” and the remainder are for private sale. This falls short of Hackney Council’s guidelines, which stipulates that 50 per cent of the flats on offer should be “affordable” to local people.

Four Communications, the PR company dealing with the development, were contacted for a comment but are yet to respond.

Details of the application can be found on Hackney Council’s website using application no: 2011/3439. The public consultation will close on January 30, with a decision expected on March 7.


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