Wednesday, 9 March 2011

yet more housing planned for north Millfields

Taylor Wimpey has submitted a planning application to Hackney Council for a change of use of part of the ground floor and part of the first floor of the Latham's Yard development at the end of Harry Zeital Way from restaurant / café use (Class A3) to 6 residential units (Class C3), comprising 2 x 1 bed and 4 x 2 bed flats.
The planning application (2011/0569) can be found at:
hackney planning 
We understand the requirement on Taylor Wimpey to provide the restaurant /
café space in the first place was part of the mitigation agreed for the loss of the King's Head public house that was demolished as part of the development. No doubt they've been quite content to leave it empty with a view to this subsequent application to convert it into more apartments. The Council should refuse the application - if a restaurant /café is not viable - they are plenty of uses it could be put to that would better support local communities, local infrastructure, the millfields masterplan and access route plans for the olympics.

Over on essex wharf, the public inquiry into 2nd application has, thankfully, upheld the waltham forest's refusal: Essex Wharf 2. However, planning permission for appl'n 3 still stands, unless the Secretary of State agrees to consider it following Lea Valley Regional Park Authority's request.

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