* Hackney council planning committee gave the investor planning permission (for the last application) on Wed 5 Mar 2014. – Ed.
The consultant, who wants to be unnamed because he occasionally deals with Hackney council, told Loving Dalston: “What surprises me most of all is that, as I understand it, there is no provision for affordable homes.”
One of the Hackney Society’s architect-members said that the proposed 18-floor block was “over-scaled” and thus overly dominant in the area. It would not be in harmony with its context, the historic retail buildings of the street.
The consultant agreed that the height was incongruous. “I am surprised,” he said, “that the council approved something as tall as this.” Even if it were only five storeys, because it was not on a corner site, it would have an impact on the symmetry of the roof line of the high street.
The Hackney Society spokesman said: “We feel that the design is of low quality and overly dominant… resulting in a building which is not in harmony with its context.
“On the majority of views the building will appear very grey and not green…
“The building is predominantly residential but has an external appearance more akin to a City office building.”
The Dalston Conservation Area Advisory Committee, a voluntary body that advises on local planning matters, has also expressed strong opposition.
David Altheer 0502312
* The planning sub-committee will discuss the application, 2011/3439, for 51-57 Kingsland High Street, at Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, London E8 1EA, today Wed 7 Mar 2012, 6.30pm. It is listed as item 6.