Local residents heard last week that Hackney Planning is recommending approval of the Bellway Homes scheme for 2 Salcombe Road. This semi-gated scheme of 30 flats turns its back on the community and is set to segregate itself with only a token gesture of street interaction.
Residents welcome the development of this site – and have put great effort in to propose their own carefully considered modifications to the Bellway scheme which address all concerns at a loss of only 3 flats – but developers have still ignored residents concerns.
Plans for this former children’s home propose a four storey block opposite Pellerin Road’s two storey terrace and a defensive back-wall block facing onto the Shellgrove Estate. This will have a great impact on local residents with overshadowing, claustrophobia and loss of privacy in both Pellerin Road and Lydford Close. The block facing and parallel to Lydford Close houses will be as close as 12 metres showing a total disregard for the estate not only in terms of its proximity but also its lack of permeability.
The proposed is a commercial style and its interaction with the neighbourhood backs this up, with the majority of residents who live above first floor set to access via a private entrance on Trumans Road. The design restricts public and children’s access to the internal courtyard and play area, a far cry from the carefully arranged and inclusive Shellgrove Estate.
Despite residents attempts to engage with the developers and present a compromise solution, the developers still have not addressed the main concerns. Both developers Bellway and the Planning department have had little interaction with local residents associations despite their attempts to discuss matters. 80% of residents who were contacted by the planners wrote written objections to the application. Of the 28 objections listed in the Case Officers Report the majority of objections have been washed over with complimentary and subjective comments in favor of the development. Residents are shocked to find out that Hackney Planning have not seen past the pseudo reasoning in Bellway’s Design and Access statement.
Our local Planning Councillors are set to vote at the Sub-Committee Meeting this Wednesday 1st May 2013, 6:30pm at Hackney Town, Hall Mare Street.
Do you want this segregation to keep happening in our neighbourhood?
If you would like to help, come to the meeting on the 1st May and show the Councillors you care. It could be your street next!
Above: Bellway development visualisation from the top of Pellerin Road/Salcombe Road
showing a lack of context (2 storey Pellerin terrace not represented).