Hackney councillors to vote on Dalston tower

Ecotower site next to Dalston Kingsland station.TOMORROW NIGHT Hackney council will decide whether to accept the recommendation of council planning officers that an 18-floor building be given the go-ahead at a site next to Dalston Kingsland station.

The application, known variously as the Ecotower and lately as Dalston Green, has been controversial since this site reported last summer on the application. A protest meeting held last week by Open Dalston, a local environmental group,  attracted a big crowd of residents.

The applicant for the scheme is Rothas, a subsidiary of Structadene, a property-investment company that is not known to have never erected event a tent. Challenged again by Loving Dalston on the unlikely change of business, especially at a time of economic slowdown and lessened bank lending, Rothas insisted that it hoped to start work on the site “before the end of this year”. It had earlier described a report by English Heritage as “supportive”.

SusanFajana-Thomas, Hackney council February 2012
SusanFajana-Thomas: one of those who can say Yay or Nay to the scheme, left and top

Chris Shaw, of Rothas, said: “We are 100% committed to delivering the regeneration of this site by the proposed development that will fund the station and public realm improvements, subject to receiving planning permission from the council.

If you want to support or oppose the project, these are the councillors due to assess the scheme: Dawood Akhoon (Liberal Democrat), Brian Bell (Labour), Barry Buitekant (Lab), Michael Desmond (Lab), Katie Hanson (Lab), Linda Kelly (Conservative), Christopher Kennedy (Lab), Michael Levy (Con), Ian David Sharer, LibDem), Vincent Stops (Lab), Susan Fajana-Thomas (Lab), Abraham Jacobson (LibDem), Ned Mulready (Lab), Ann Munn (Lab) and Benzion Papier (Con).

* Planning sub-committee meeting, council chamber, Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, London E8 1EA, Wed 7 Mar 2012, 6.30pm

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