Planning & development

Need help with a new local business…

Hi Hackney! A friend and I are trying to research the scope for starting up an interior planning service with a difference. At the moment we really need willing participants to help with a tiny bit of market research. If you have 5 minutes please complete the survey (link found below) which is completely anonymous and may help in changing our futures! Thank you for your time! »

Experienced, independent contractors & handymen needed

Experienced, independent contractors & handymen needed

We are looking to add independent plumbing, electrical, carpentry, chippies, handymen (and women), decorators and more to our database to meet our ever-growing demand of residential property projects. Located in Shoreditch, we are a full services residential property company. We manage a sizeable portfolio of properties in London which we run generakl maintenance for but we also undertake redecora... »

Planning on the Roof – 14th September 2014 – Bootstrap

I am hosting an event on Sunday 14th September at Bootstrap in Dalston to help test a new social media tool develped by Stickyworld aimed at supporting engagement of more young people in planning. The event is part of the research and development of the tool and will provide vital user feedback to help improve it, and make it more accessible and attractive to young peop... »

Public consultation for the Tram Depot development

Public consultation for the Tram Depot development

#LOVE CLAPTON? Be part of shaping Clapton’s future and come to the Mapify Upper Clapton Hackshop! Mapify Upper Clapton is carrying out the public consultation for the new development plans at 38-40 Upper Clapton Road, next to Lea Bridge Roundabout. The new proposals include commercial spaces, potential market stalls, public green spaces and the retention of the main Tram Depot building. The ... »

Full service builder recommendations?

Hi everyone, Has anyone had positive experience of using full service builders – who work out all the practicalities, do drawings and help with planning permission? It’s for a major remodelling of an existing space, not an extension, so trying to work out whether better to use architects or builders for the practical stuff that precedes the building work. Any thoughts/recommendations w... »

New Planning Laws: Changing a buildings use. HELP!!!

Hello all. I’ve been following this website for a while now but this is my first post. be kind….. I’m born and bred Hackney-ite and could not think of living (and working) anywhere else, which is why I want to set-up my business here. I am just wondering if there is knowledge out there about planning regulations that were created about a year ago about retaining retail shops (A1 ... »



I am kicking off the ground an exciting community project which changes how we relate to our urban public spaces and to one another in those spaces. The project is a platform and a street movement of passionate people who know that a daily dose of PLAY in our public spaces is important for the health and well-being of ADULTS. We come together and act on our own initiative to use the power of PLAY ... »

Chelsea/Hackney aka Crossrail 2

There’s a new consultation on this, following last years, and it appears that the Regional option is the preferred one. The latest consultation will include decisions about the route of the service from Angel, which could be via Hackney Downs/Central or via Dalston. The former includes the potential for a station in Clapton, while the latter has potential for one in Stoke Newington. More det... »

New loos on London Fields

New loos on London Fields

London fields has never been celebrated for it’s loos, but it now has some new ones, so the london field’s summer barbeque crowd can take care of business in comfort. “The new high profile public convenience building provide modern facilities for visitors to London Fields Park and the adjacent popular Broadway Market which comes alive during weekend trading periods. The project i... »

Clapton Square: shop to let

Anyone fancy opening up their own business on leafy Clapton Square? The small retail unit next to Dreyfus has been occupied by the lovely Shop On The Square since the building was redeveloped in summer 2012, but the Shop On The Square team is moving on in June, freeing up the unit. It’s a great location, looking out directly onto the square, and gets a lot of business from Dreyfus’s cu... »

Alterations to Star by Hackney Downs/Three Sisters

Two new planning applications for Star by Hackney Downs at 35 Queensdown Road; “External works to the public house comprising erection of a new awning along the eastern elevation and erection of retractable roof system along the western elevation including it’s enclosure with glazing and erection of new double door and window to the front elevation (southern elevation). ” 2014/09... »

Rivington Street Pedestrianisation proposal

Rivington Street Pedestrianisation proposal

There is a consultation out about turing Rivington St into a pedestrianised zone, the proposal is to: • Introduce ‘Pedestrian Zone’ • Install ‘Pedestrian Zone’ signs • Install CCTV • In operation 24/7 • Access for loading 6am-6pm • Access for taxis at all times • Loading and taxis remain one way • special dispensation for residents/businesses two way access for cyclists. An... »

McDonalds on Chatsworth road set to go through.

I cannot believe it. It seems the meeting at the town hall went really badly for Hackney last night and the initial plans for a McDonalds with Drive-Thru opposite Homerton Hospital have been approved. They’ve been really sneaky and its gone pretty much unnoticed but I’m sure there will be a petition soon and I’ll post asap. A sad day. L »

why no Heart in N16?

Due to social changes that have occurred in recent years in East London we have the Clapton Hart and the Hackney Heart. Why is there no Stoke Newington Heart? Is it too far north to bask in the full glow of suburban hipsterness? Let’s leave Dalston out of this. »

Dalston Square and Dalston Eastern Curve Garden projects

Dalston Square and Dalston Eastern Curve Garden projects

Hi residents Do you care about Dalston? How would you like to improve it? Say your mind about Dalston here Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE London) and Commonplace have created a new way to share your ideas about your neighbourhood. We are inviting your comments about Dalston Square, Dalston Eastern Curve Garden and surrounding neighbourhood. The process of... »

Tesco express Lower Clapton Road illuminated signs application

Tesco express Lower Clapton Road illuminated signs application

Not a big planning application, but I’m interested in this as it’s so close to me. I also clearly remember a condition being put on the planning application that it shouldn’t have an illuminated sign as it’s so close to a conservation area, hence the slightly nicer one that is there right now. I’ll do some digging around and see if that note was actually recorded at t... »

Prince Edward pub under threat

This came via twitter @fuckyeahhackney PLEASE help SAVE the Prince Edward pub. Come Sunday 5 PM – Let's RALLY! 97 Wick Road, E9. RT? — Lisa Devaney (@lisadevaney) March 14, 2014 More about the pub here: »

Millfields User Group AGM

Millfields User Group is having its AGM next Sunday 16th, 4pm in Chat’s Palace ( 42-44 Brooksby’s Walk ). It’d be good to see lots of people there, and the Council is giving a presentation on its spending plans…. revamped playground for North Millfileds etc – so do come along to have your say, and vote for a new committee. »

New Tapas bar 422 Mare street (basement)

It looks like a Tapas bar is opening under the Marina Cafe on Mare Street (top of the narrow way, which is currently classed as a minicab office More details at: »

Hash Cafe in the former Dalston Lane Cafe

Looks like a new cafe is coming to Dalston Lane, in what was the Dalston Lane caffe It’s at 170 Dalson Lane and describes itself as: A short order all day café and bar. Specialising in modern, quirky twists on food and drinks from around the world, executed in a lively, friendly and casual environment. Find out more at: and »

New restaurant opening on Chatsworth Road?

Have noticed that where the Workmen’s cafe used to be (no.8) has been in the process of redevelopment for a few weeks now. Walked past today with the sign Prima Poi up. Couldn’t see clearly inside but looks like it’s going to be a restaurant. Tried googling the name but only got as far as it means ‘sooner or later’ in Italian. However with there being Venerdi opposite... »

Launch of Digital ‘Place-making’ Tool –

Launch of Digital ‘Place-making’ Tool –

This came via the Dalston Eastern Curve newsletter. A new online tool for Dalston is being launched at the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden on Saturday from 11-2 It’s from CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) London and Commonplace (a tool aimed at planners, property developers and neighbourhoods) and is described as “a different way ... »

iCITY tech hub approved and becomes Here East

iCITY tech hub approved and becomes Here East

The application to transform the former media centres in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park into a world-leading creative and digital business hub expected to generate 7,500 jobs has been approved. ICity had it’s plans approved on 25th Feb and announced that the development will be called Here East and will partner with Hackney House It intends t... »

Hackney Council calls for support against blight of bookies

Hackney Council calls for support against blight of bookies

Photo by Ewan Munro Hackney Council has launched a new phase in its campaign against the wave of betting shops blighting its high streets and cynically targeting its most vulnerable communities. There are about 65 betting shops in Hackney, eight in Mare Street alone. Under existing guidelines betting shops are classed as A2 – ‘financial and professional services’, meaning they can open up wi... »

57 Chatsworth Road Planning application

57 Chatsworth Road Planning application

The shop at 57 Chatsworth Road, currently “General Store” has a planning application in: Application Number: 2014/0441 Current Status: REGISTERED Proposal: Change of use of ground and basement from light industrial use (use class B1c) to an alternate use as either retail (class A1), financial and professional services (class A2), or Office (class B1a), change of use of first and second... »

Cave of Plunder to add a restaurant?

This has just popped up for the Cave of Plunder shop: Application Number: 2014/0572 Current Status: REGISTERED Proposal: Prior notification for change of use of the basement and ground floors from Class A1 (Shops) to Class A3 (Restaurants/Cafes) Site address: 201 Lower Clapton Road Hackney E5 8EG Applicant: LB Retail Ltd T/A Cave of Plunder Comments until: 28-03-2014 Date registered: 21-02-2014 Pr... »

Disused places in Hackney

Hi, We’re working on a project to map disused places in Hackney. This will act as a platform to bring people together to kick-start new projects. Take a look at our blog here: We’re wanting to hear stories from people about places near them that should be changed. Thanks! Andrew »

What’s happening to the Jackdaw and Stump?

Rumor the Jackdaw and Stump is closing to make way for flats, hasn’t been open for the last couple of days, so guess this might be the case. Not a great pub, but shame to lose another building to flats. »

Hackney Wick conservation area

Hackney Wick conservation area

In November 2009, Hackney Council designated an area within Hackney Wick as a Conservation Area ahead of public consultation. This will protect its historic buildings and open spaces, which have come under development pressure from the area’s close proximity to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games site. The area is located immediately north of Hackney Wick station and forms part of the R... »

Hackney Wick Overground Station Development

A few weeks ago, the council announced plans for an £8.5 million project to upgrade Hackney Wick Sta »

165 Lower Clapton Road Restaurant/Sale of hot food /Consumption on premises

No documents available at time of posting this (although the close of comments is today?!) but an ap »

King Edward’s Road E9: New flats

This empty site (at the corner of King Edward's Road and Clermont Road has been empty since the 90s, »

Development of Kingsland Shopping Centre: Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is at risk

The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is an exceptionally beautiful and special green space in the heart »

Kingsland Shopping Centre redevelopment

The long-awaited proposals for the Kinsland Shopping Centre and environs have finally been released.Public consultation and exhibition, Kingsland shopping centre, High Street entrance, Dalstoln  E8 2LX, Fri 19 July 2013, 2pm-7pm; Sat 20 July 2013, 11am-2pm. More from Loving Dalston; »

Jim Cafe, Chatsworth Road


64 Brooksbys Walk

Interesting to see this place turned back into »

Design Review Panel


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Strand Building / The Levy Centre

Lower Clapton Road, E5 0PDApplication Number: 2013/0152Development Description: Installation of new »

30-34 Broadway Market 7 story block of flats

Application Number 2013/0606Site Address 30-34 Broadway Market Hackney E8 4QJApplication Type Conser »