Copy
Next meeting Wednesday 5 March: get involved
View this email in your browser
On Tuesday (25 February) the Council's planning committee will have a 'pre-application' discussion regarding the Kingsland Shopping Centre redevelopment. The plan is to knock down Sainsbury, Matalan etc and build a huge retail development with housing on top.



An artists impression of the new development (not big on detail). 



and the existing Eastern Curve Garden that is under threat. If you want to help, please sign our petition: http://tinyurl.com/pgdhnsz 

The Council's planning sub-committee meeting is at Stoke Newington Town Hall, Church Street, at 6:30pm and you can download a copy of the planning officer's report from here: PDF 491 KB 

No decisions will be taken on the evening, and the public are not allowed to speak, but this is the start of the process by which the Kingsland Shopping Centre development obtains planning permission.
 
Suffice to say that the developer is planning a huge development including 445 new homes and more than 13,700 square meters or retail space.
 
The development poses significant risks but also creates possibilities for real benefit to the community.
 
The developer is currently silent on issues such as how many homes will be ‘affordable’ or how many will be for social housing. The Eastern Curve Garden will be lost, but there is no offer of a replacement of this much loved community resource. There is no talk of training and development opportunities, either for the construction phase or beyond. In other words, there is a real risk that the flats will be unaffordable, that locals will not necessarily get good quality jobs arising from the development, that the shops will not cater for the existing community, and that we will lose the Eastern Curve. Equally, if we can persuade the developer that they must make provisions for the community, then this development might be in all our interests.
 
At Dalston Futures, we believe that if the community gets organised, then the developer will have to listen.
 
We are starting in a small way, with a petition: http://tinyurl.com/pgdhnsz calling for the developer to meet with and discuss the communities needs.
 
Please sign up today, then forward this newsletter to friends and neighbours asking them to do the same.
 
If you use facebook or twitter, or have a blog, please put out a call (with the above link) to people to sign the petition.
 
In other news
Don't forget that we are organising a meeting on 5 March (6.30pm Trinity Centre Beechwood Road) to discuss our 'Speak Out' project (we are making a film about how the people of Dalston feel about change to the area). So come along, share your views and get involved.
 
If you have any experience in film-making and want to contribute to the success of this project, please let us know: hackneyunites@btinternet.com 
 
If you are not already on our mailing list and want to get our regular newsletters, please sign up here: http://eepurl.com/ETY9P and together we can build a stronger community in Dalston.

Regards


John Page
Secretary
Hackney Unites

Dalston Futures is a Hackney Unites project supported by Awards for All lottery funding. The film project has received a grant from Hackney Council for Voluntary Services.