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Hackney Council turns down plans for 18-storey tower

Hackney Council's planning committee has unanimously rejected a plan to a build tower block on Kingsland High Street. The Victorian Society had formally opposed the scheme.

The owner of a two-storey shop at 51-57 Kingsland High Street had applied to knock down the property and replace it with a building rising to five storeys at the front and 18 storeys further back.

The so-called ‘Dressed in Green' tower would have contained 130 flats, as well as shops and parking.

'We welcome the principle of replacing 51-57 Kingsland High Street but the proposed replacement was far too big. We would like to see the part of the building which faces the High Street reduced in height to match the surrounding buildings,' said Chris Costelloe, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society.

The development site at the heart of Dalston is surrounded by attractive Victorian commercial buildings of just three or four storeys high.

The design of the largely glass tower also meant ruling out any future development of the space above the adjacent Dalston Kingsland station.

Mr Costelloe added: ‘This is great news as the tower would have represented a tragic missed opportunity for Dalston.  The Society would like to see the re-design of this building integrated with the rebuilding of the station.'

The proposals, which had no affordable housing provision, did include a commitment to fund improvements to the existing Dalston Kingsland station.

The Victorian Society would now like to see the scheme completely redesigned.


Thursday 8 March, 2012

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