Save Our Play Decks

PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION AT 38 DEGREES.

BACKGROUND

In March 2018 Hackney Council wrote to the residents of Lincoln Court to advise them of proposals to build a quantity of ­new homes at Lincoln Court as part of the Hackney Housing Supply Programme, which would replace the garages and play decks next to the three existing residential blocks.

A subsequent Freedom Of Information request elicited copies of the feasibility studies (vol.1, vol.2, vol.3) that had been undertaken in 2014, and which led to the selection of Lincoln Court for inclusion in the shortlist of possible sites for consideration in Hackney’s Housing Supply Programme. None of these feasibility studies appear to give any consideration to the impact of these proposals on the existing residents of Lincoln Court.

These proposals would lead to the loss of the greater part of the existing play space, amenity space, and car parking at Lincoln Court, contrary to commitments made to Hackney Council Cabinet on 29th February 2016 thatno green spaces will be built on, there will be no loss of play space, and, where necessary, existing parking spaces in use will be re-provided.

The residents of Lincoln Court have not been consulted at all on these proposals, contrary to commitments made to Hackney Council Cabinet on 19th October 2015 that residents would ‘be consulted and involved in every stage of redevelopment and regeneration of their estates’.

IT HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY CLEAR THAT HACKNEY COUNCIL HAVE NOT ASSESSED THE IMPACT OF THEIR PROPOSALS ON THE EXISTING RESIDENTS, AND THAT THEY HAVE BEEN INDIFFERENT TO THOSE NEEDS, IN DECIDING WHETHER THE PLAY SPACES ARE AVAILABLE FOR DEVELOPMENT.

The existing residents of Lincoln Court are overwhelmingly opposed to these proposals, which appear to demonstrate Hackney Council’s willingness to put profit before the needs of existing communities.

In response to these proposals the Lincoln Court Tenants & Residents Association (LCTRA) have commissioned a Planning Review of the proposals in the feasibility studies, and this has further highlighted a number of fundamental planning policy concerns in respect of the Hackney Council proposals, and the implications they would have in respect of the loss of existing play space, amenity space, and facilities at Lincoln Court which, taken together with previous commitments, suggest that the proposed scheme should be unacceptable in principle.

A PDF version of the LCTRA Initial Planning Review is available at this link.

The key findings of this review can be found at the links below. Please start with the Summary page which gives an overview of the various key issues, and then follow up the links to the other individual topic pages, which give additional detail on the principle findings and on the respective conclusions drawn.

SUMMARY

Residential Density

Fire Safety

Play Space & Community Open Space

Health & Wellbeing

Scale, Massing & Architecture

Residential Amenity

Car Parking

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