THE DEVELOPER of the Kingsland Shopping Centre, latest proposal pictured above, says it is “keeping the garden at the western end of the Eastern Curve”.
The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden has been the focus of campaigners who have been urging the public to attend the meeting in Stoke Newington tonight Tues 25 Feb 2014 when Criterion Capital will present its plans to demolish and re-do the present failed centre.
A vigorous programme of events aimed at all ages has made the garden, which four years ago was waste ground, a great success.
Any attempt to reduce its size would enrage the public and make it difficult for Hackney councillors in an election year to approve the whole scheme, which represents a huge investment for Criterion.
Not surprisingly, the developer is showing signs of nervousness about the garden issue. Loving Dalston was told that Criterion was “providing a permanent garden space at the western part of the Eastern Curve”.
Asked today whether that meant the present garden would survive in its present state and size, Criterion said: “We’re still discussing what’s going into the public realm.”
This is partly what a pre-application, the planning term for tonight’s meeting, is for. Yet it suggests that the garden could still be saved.
Criterion also said that it plans a new public park, including children’s play space, “next to the garden area”. The developer added that after comments from local people, it had made changes to the scheme, including reducing the tallest block in the first phase of building to 10 floors. In the later phase, the highest building would reach to 14 floors.
The cyclepath, see below, has been removed from the plan.
* Criterion will present its Kingsland plans at Stoke Newington Town Hall, Church Street N16 OJR on Tues 25 Feb 2014 at 6.30pm. It will be what is termed a pre-application meeting, at which the public are not usually allowed to speak.
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