“After a decade of dismantling Hackney’s tower blocks in the 1980s and 1990s tall buildings are back on the agenda. How should we react to these buildings? How do we judge the suitability of proposed locations?”
That’s the question that will be debated at a meeting on 1st November which brings together Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Robert Tavernor, Hackney-based photographer Chris Dorley-Brown and historian Tanis Hinchcliffe.
With a 19-floor tower block that would loom over London Fields planned for London Lane, it seems the meeting couldn’t come at a better time.
The development on London Lane by Southern Housing Group is being opposed by the No Hackney High-Rise campaign which has engaged a planning consultant to fight *its case.
The previous Mayor of London’s plan required local authorities to commission a Tall Buildings Strategy for Hackney which identifies two areas on either side of London Fields which are “suitable for Tall Buildings.” Even though this report has never been voted on by Hackney Council it is used by planners to decide on where any future buildings might be located.
The debate takes place on 1st November at 7pm at the Hothouse, 274 Richmond Road.
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