I see that after the hearing on Monday, the GLA recommends for the mayor to approve the application. Looking at the plan, this new development is a monstrosity that would no doubt greatly reduce sunlight to those of us living on Roseberry Place. It is an extremely disappointing development and it's difficult to believe that all the strong arguments against have so easily been dismissed. So is that the end of the road? Looking forward to the noise, pollution and lack of sunlight coming up
The fact that the Mayor has overturned Hackney's council decision does not mean that this cannot be challenged in court.
I believe that rather than giving up, we have to consider legal action as soon as possible. In my opinion, there are sufficient arguments to demand major changes to the planned redevelopment of the school. It could very well result in the whole thing not going ahead. However, I believe time is of the essence here. There are ways to obtain free initial legal advice - however, we need to prepare with arguments.
I hope more residents will consider this option - please feel free to post suggestions here or send me a personal message.
We have been campaigning to get the Secretary of State to call in the controversial Sainsbury/WIlmer place development. We have now learnt that the Secretary of State has issued what is referred to as a Article 25 notice, instructing them not to issue planning permission until the Secretary of State has had an opportunity to consider calling the matter in. You could help enormously if you could write a direct email to the relevant department to add the pressure. We have produced some bullet points to assist you, please do this, and help us save the ecology of Abney Park and the character of a conservation area. Full details: in our latest enewsletter: us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=c747f6d2c72e4ced2ac01c000&id=dc37becdfe&e= (you may need to copy and paste the link into your browser window.
Thank you everyone, we are almost there and just need 'one last push'.
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The stokey vs sainsburys saga is hilarious. If ever there was a case of not on our doorstep... As many observers and residents in stokey have pointed out, if it was a Waitrose supermarket that had plans to open to there, hardly anyone would have objected. They feel Sainsburys is too common for their area, and 'there's already Sainsburys in Dalston and Stamford Hill'. This of course is true. So I would suggest opening a Aldi or Lidl supermarket on that site instead.
Latest news for our Stokey friends: Thank you very much for supporting our campaign to prevent the overdevelopment of the Wilmer Place site. The development will adversely impact on biodiversity of Abney Park, undermine the independent shops of Stoke Newington and will actually see fewer affordable housing unites than currently exist on-site.
Unfortunately, despite cross party support from Greater London Authority members (Green, Lib Dem, Conservative and Labour) the Secretary of State declined to call the application in.
As they say, we have lost a battle, but not the war. Our barristers (who live in the community and are giving their time at no cost to the campaign) are pouring over the most recent decision and deciding whether we have grounds for a further judicial review. We shall keep you informed.