Dalston Green tower scheme knocked down

THE REFUSAL of planning permission for an 18-floor building on the Peacocks site next to Dalston Kingsland station has been met with silence by the owner of the site.

The property investment company Rothas, which had hired Four Communications, a prestige public-relations firm to build support for the proposal, last night 7 March 2012 lost its application to erect the skyscraper at 51-57 Kingsland High Street.

Hackney councillors on the planning sub-committee unanimously voted against application 2011/3439.

Loving Dalston first reported last August on the scheme and the intense lobbying for it. Later, Open Dalston, a local environmental group, swung into action against the self-styled Dalston Green or Ecotower, yesterday presenting the council with a protest petition signed by more than 1,300 local people.

Rothas is likely to amend its proposal again to make it more acceptable to councillors on the committee. The council’s planning department had previously recommended the high-rise.

Four Communications and other Rothas advisers  have not responded to a Loving Dalston request for a response from Rothas today. The speculation will be that Rothas will now seek approval for the 15-floor building it may have wanted all along and would now have more chance of acceptance.

Too many refusals of determined and moneyed applicants can cost local authorities huge sums. Perhaps the battle is over and the war has begun.

David Altheer 080312

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  1. So Hackney planning committee unanimously rejected this application. That is excellent news. What I would like to know is why did Hackney council planning department recommend its approval to the committee? There seems to be a big contradiction here, planning department vis-a-vis the planning committee! Does anyone have any info on this? [The council’s planners are experts employed to advise it. Councillors can reject that advice. In this case, it could be that the councillors – politicians, after all – saw the advantage of opposing a proposal that attracted voter opposition. If there is an appeal, those who favour the plan can then find use the reason I mentioned in my article to change their mind. – Ed.]

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