Consultation on proposed traffic improvements

Many of you will have seen the flyer posted through doors inviting feedback on proposed traffic improvements in our neighbourhood.

Map of  neighbourhood

We wanted to share the link and encourage participation. The proposed closure of Ravenscroft Road (3 on the map) in particular is something many have wanted in order to reduce speeding and other anti-social behaviour, so it would help a lot to show our continued support for this.

To provide feedback follow this link:

Weavers Area Traffic Improvements

Developers to present plans for Haggerston Baths

A meeting in which two developers will present their proposals for the nearby Haggerston Baths is set for 12 April. Pictures and a few details of the baths are available here (also see here and here).

Opening day of Haggerson Baths in 1904, with amphitheatre style raked seating.
Details of the “Panel discussion/Q&A” are available on the Hackney Council website, here.

The “Panel discussion/Q&A”:
Wednesday 12 April, 6.30pm – 8pm
Centre 151
151 Whiston Rd
E2 8BL

Drop in sessions:
Tuesday 28 March, 6pm – 8pm
Thursday 27 April, 6pm – 8pm
Centre 151
151 Whiston Rd
E2 8BL

Baroness Road planning application

A planning application for has been submitted for development on Baroness Road (near Ravenscroft Park). It can be viewed on the Tower Hamlets Council planning pages, Ref no is PA/16/02301. See here.

It is summarised as follows:

“Removal of existing carpark and erection of new building of 5 and 6 storeys to provide 20 dwellings for affordable rent with communal terrace for residents on the 5th storey.”

Residents have until 29 August to make their views/objections known to Jerry Bell, via email or post:

Or Development & Renewal
Town Planning
Town Hall, Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
E14 2 BG

Proposed temporary school in Haggerston Park

A proposal for a temporary school on Haggerston Park’s depot is being considered by Hackney Council. Some information is available on Hackney Council’s website, here (under the heading Audrey Street).

We’ve received a letter addressed to Hackney’s Mayor Pipe from Fiona Banner, Chair of the Haggerston Park User Group, criticising the plans. You can download the letter here.

To have your say write to:

Jules Pipe
Mayor of LB Hackney
Hackney Town Hall
Mare Street
London E8 1EA

Or use this online contact form.

New building proposed on Hackney Rd

News: Online petition against the redevelopment now here.

People are being invited to view a new building proposal to be built on the site where the current Mecca Bingo hall stands. The site owner, Hackney Holdings, and developer, LBS properties, are exhibiting their plans, prior to a planning application, and inviting questions and feedback from the public.

The exhibit is being held at Fellows Court, Community Centre, Weymouth Terrace, Shoreditch, E2 8LR. It will run from Saturday 21st May to Wednesday 25th – 4-8PM.

A few details are available at this website, as is the opportunity to vote on the redevelopment of the site.


Result of public consultation published

Tower Hamlets have published the results of the public consultation inviting responses to their “addendums to the character appraisal and management guidelines for the Chapel House, Driffield Road, Fairfield Road, Jesus Hospital Estate, Medway, Tredegar Square, Victoria Park and York Square conservation areas.” Continue reading “Result of public consultation published”

Local cycle and pedestrian improvements

Tower Hamlets Council and Transport for London are making some changes to some of the roads and pavements around Ion Square, Columbia Road and Virginia Road. The scheme, as the council notice describes it, “has been designed to improve safety, accessibility and connectivity”. Details have been posted to local residents. If you haven’t seen them please contact us at [email protected].

Comments are being invited by Gary Marshall of the Tower Hamlets’ Engineering team, by Friday 27 May 2016.

Tower Hamlets Engineering contact details

Bishopsgate Goodsyard plans get deferred

The development plans for the Bishopsgate Station Goodsyard, covered here on the Guardian, has been put on hold (yet again). The More Light More Power campaign is predicting the decision will be deferred till after Boris Johnson’s mayorship:

We are looking to a new Mayor of London to be the turning-point for a new vision, ideally returning the scheme to the boroughs for determination.

See more press coverage on this BuzzFeed.

Hackney: A Place to Call Home

An interesting looking event being run by Hackney City Council, inviting people to participate in a discussion about housing. As the council describes it:

This event, which forms part of the Council’s year-long public consultation, Hackney: A Place for Everyone, will be an opportunity for people to get a greater understanding of the policy and legislative context, debate the issues, and help shape our future approach to housing and meeting the challenges.

For details and registration see here.

Bishopsgate Goodsyard’s petition

The More Light More Power campaign are inviting people to sign a petition against the development plans for the  Bishopsgate Goodsyard. They have several options for petitioning the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who has final say on whether the development will go ahead.

Bishopsgate Goodsyard from above

Sign the petition here.

Further details of the plans are available on the More Light More Power site, here.

Tower Hamlets’ Place shaping public consultation

On 18th January, Tower Hamlets‘ Place Shaping team officially ended the public consultation on the “Draft Conservation Area Addendums and Draft Mansard Roof Guidance Note”.

The documents are still available to view here. Particularly relevant for JHERA are the “Jesus Hospital Conservation Area Addendum” (PDF) and the “Mansard Roof guidelines” (PDF). The long and short of it is the scope for rear extensions on the estate has been made clearer and that in all but a few cases (e.g. the houses on the Northern side of Columbia Road) applications for mansard roof extensions will not be granted permission. Importantly, these are both still draft documents so they may well be changed.

The Place shaping Team say the outcome to the consultation will be made available here, although they don’t offer an indication of when.