Hackney Council adopts Core Strategy to make the borough cleaner and greener

Hackney businesses and residents will be encouraged to generate more energy from lower carbon and environmentally-friendly sources over the next 15 years.

The environmentally-friendly plans have been revealed in the Council’s Core Strategy, which was approved on Wednesday 24 November.

The Core Strategy forms part of the Hackney Local Development Framework (LDF) which will replace the Hackney Unitary Development Plan.

The planning strategy document calls for all new build throughout the borough to be more energy self-sufficient and incorporate a range of renewable and low-carbon technologies to reduce dependency on the National Grid for power.

There will also be a special focus on Hackney Central and Dalston town centres to develop a low-carbon economy by using local energy networks. The strategy will also prioritise accessibility to the town centres by public transport, walking and cycling and strengthen retail and leisure facilities.

The Core Strategy is now the Council’s primary planning document and sets out the social infrastructure needed, services and amenities required to support the borough’s growing population until 2025. Hackney Council is one of only eleven London boroughs which has had its Core Strategy approved.

Councillor Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, said: “The Core Strategy is a very important planning document that describes how Hackney can develop and grow over the next 15 years.

"It ensures that as our community grows so does the social and environmental infrastructure that supports us and our quality of life. Its objective is to make sure that Hackney remains a great place to live and work in.”

Key objectives within the Core Strategy, include:

•Improving the quality and public accessibility of open spaces

•Encouraging investment in the borough

•Encouraging sustainable investment in Hackney Wick

•Maximising opportunities from the Olympic Legacy

•Promoting growth and vibrancy within the borough’s main town centres

•Tackling housing and affordable housing needs in the borough

•And attracting knowledge-based businesses to the borough like I.T and
design companies

For more information on Hackney Council’s Core Strategy, please visit:

For more information, please contact Colin Joseph on: 020 8356 2869 or