Localism Act- meeting

There is a meeting this evening in opposition to a \neighbourhood” group that has been set up to take over planning decisions in Stamford Hill and environs from the council under the Localism Act.I’m guessing this will be the first of many battles caused by this Act. More here;http://www.eastlondonlines.co.uk/2013/01/forum-held-to-discuss-acute-problematic-housing-needs/ And here;http://hackneyplanningwatch.wordpress.com/”


  1. Shame i didnt hear about this before. If there’s one area that shouldnt be allowed to control its own planning decisions, its stamford hill.

  2. Dang, missed that one as well!

  3. My dilemma is whether to attend or not since I believe the planning decisions for the area would, on the whole, be far better left in the hands of the Planning Office.

  4. having dealt with them often in projects i have seen through, i happen to believe that centralised planning is a good thing, in that it is considerate of the needs of those other then the ones who benefit directly from building work. in the hands of locals, it can become either too loose or too tight. i have no idea why the localism act would be seen as a good thing, other than adding one or two tenths to economic output for a short period of time.

  5. @gavinredknap here’s another meeting on the Stamford Hill application;http://stokenewingtonfirst.com/2013/01/18/lordship-ward-forum-monday-21st-january-7pm-at-lordship-south-community-centre/\I am pleased to say that we will be joined at the meeting by a senior Planning Officer from Hackney Council who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the application. We will also have an opportunity to discuss the points you may wish consider raising in response to the consultation.”Also Hackney Planning Watch are making some claims about the motives of the nascent group;http://hackneycitizen.co.uk/2013/01/19/stamford-hill-neighbourhood-hackney-planning-watch/

  6. From its Facebook page: Clapton Pond Neighbourhood Action Group A reminder:A Public meeting concerning a possible Neighbourhood Plan for part of the Clapton areawill be held onWednesday January 23 7pm.At B6 Sixth Form College at the junction of Lower Clapton Road and Lea Bridge RoadALL WELCOMEThe meeting and potential plan have been initiated by The Clapton Arts Trust and Cazenove Architectshttp://www.facebook.com/claptonponde5 “

  7. A synopsis of last night’s meeting on David White’s  (CAT) Beecholme blog;http://beecholme.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/good-start-for-new-clapton-area-forum.html

  8. Well, it looks as though the Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum is already running into difficulties with its Vice-Chair resigning;“I got nominated as vice chair last summer but since then I haven’t been invited to any meeting, I suspect they have been going on judging by the progression that’s happened,” he said.“I don’t think it is inclusive enough, that’s the reason there are understandable complaints.”SHNF Chair Linda Kelly was surprised at the resignation when contacted by the Gazette.“This is complete and utter news to us,” she said.http://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/vice_chair_of_proposed_planning_forum_resigns_amid_claims_he_had_not_been_invited_to_meetings_1_1832346IMO this Localism Act is going to be a disaster.

  9. http://stamfordhillhood.org.uk/ \Stamford Hill Neighbourhood – Planning the Growing Future” Hmm i wonder what their attitude toward massive obstructive extensions will be? “

  10. And now the Guardian has picked up the issue;http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/mar/08/hackney-planning-row-orthdox-jewish(includes a few vids from opposing parties)

  11. Well, it appears that the council rejected the Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum.More from East London Lines;http://www.eastlondonlines.co.uk/2013/07/hackney-council-rejects-stamford-hill-neighbourhood-forum-in-favour-of-new-neighbourhood-area/

  12. Very good news. The area has already been half destroyed by outrageous extensions, this would have been the absolute death-knell.

  13. I know what you mean, but I do have some sympathies with communities with large families.In my opinion, it begs some interesting questions about what is the primary function of local planning – to \protect” others from what they deem “unsuitable” building works or to address housing need? It surely isn’t to control family-sizes.All works should be done lawfully of course and I believe the local planning office is the best place for those judgments to be made – even if some don’t do a very good job.”

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