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130 Kingsland High Street – Application Rejected!

October 22, 2012

Following  protests by local residents and fans of the Rio Cinema, and in line with its previous decision, Hackney Council has rejected the planning application for a 6 -storey block on this site.

Hackney Council’s reasons for this rejection are:

1 The proposed development, by reason of its height and elevational treatment, as shown on the indicative plans submitted, would result in an obtrusive and incompatible form of development which would fail to respect the character and appearance of the area, would have a detrimental impact upon the special interest of the grade II listed Rio Cinema to the south west of the site and would fail to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the St Marks Conservation Area to the east of the site. As such the proposed development is contrary to policies 7.1 (Building London’s neighbourhoods and communities), 7.2 (An inclusive environment), 7.4 (Local character), 7.6 (Architecture), 7.8 (Heritage assets and archaeology) of the London Plan 2011; and policies 24 (Design) and 25 (Historic Environment) of the Hackney Local Development Framework Core Strategy.
2 The proposed development, by reason of its size, design and position, as shown on the indicative plans submitted, would result in an unacceptable detrimental impact upon the amenity of adjoining occupiers in terms of loss of light and outlook, increased sense of enclosure, overbearing impact, overlooking and noise and disturbance. As such the proposed development is contrary to policies 7.1 (Building London’s neighbourhoods and communities) and 7.6 (Architecture) of the London Plan 2011 and policy 24 (Design) of the Hackney Local Development Framework Core Strategy.
3 The proposed development, by reason of the provision of inadequate safe and convenient access, as shown on the indicative plans submitted, would result in a substandard form of accommodation which would be detrimental to the living conditions to be enjoyed by the prospective occupants of the development. As such the proposed development would be contrary to policies 3.5 (Quality and design of housing developments), 7.1 (Building London?s neighbourhoods and communities), 7.2 (An inclusive environment), 7.3 (Designing out crime), 7.4 (Local character), 7.6 (Architecture) of the London Plan 2011, policies 19 (Housing Growth) and 24 (Design) of the Hackney Local Development Core Strategy, and The Mayor of London Interim Housing Design Guide.
4 The proposed development, by reason of excessive provision of car parking, as shown on the indicative plans submitted, would fail to encourage modal shift, reduce reliance upon car usage and reduce pressure on the local highway
network. As such the proposed development is contrary to policies 6.1 (Strategic approach), 6.3 (Assessing effects of development on transport capacity) and 6.13 (Parking) of the London Plan 2011 and policies 6 (Transport and Land Use) and 33 (Promoting Sustainable Transport) of the Hackney Local Development Framework Core Strategy.
5 The proposed development, by reason of the failure of the applicant to commit to adequate levels of sustainable construction and energy conservation, would result in a failure to provide an adequately sustainable form of development. As such the proposed development is contrary to policies 5.1 (Climate change mitigation), 5.2 (Minimising carbon dioxide emissions) and 5.3 (Sustainable design and construction) of the London Plan 2011 and policies 29 (Resource Efficiency and Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions) and 30 (Low Carbon Energy, Renewable Technologies and District Heating) of the Hackney Local Development Framework Core Strategy.

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