Have your say on Dalston Lane Terrace

Public consultation: 27 May to 9 July 2009

Hackney residents are being encouraged to give their views on draft planning and design guidance which aims to help bring a terrace of historic buildings back into use.

Many of the 19th century properties in Dalston Lane Terrace, which sits in the Dalston Lane (West) Conservation Area, are vacant and have fallen into a significant state of disrepair.

As part of a conservation-led regeneration project, which is supported by English Heritage, the Council has drafted guidance setting out how it thinks the terrace should be redeveloped.

It suggests the terrace should have homes on the uppers floors and shops on the ground floors. It also suggests the existing buildings should be repaired wherever possible, but if the buildings are too badly damaged they should be rebuilt in the same style, and using the same materials, which exist along the terrace.

The draft guidance includes the option to build up to a maximum of four storeys - the existing maximum height along the terrace. Many buildings are currently two and three storeys. This may be necessary as bringing the properties back into use is expensive and additional floors may be needed to make the development financially worthwhile.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “Dalston Lane Terrace has the potential to make a significant contribution to the wider social and economic wellbeing of Dalston Town Centre. I would encourage residents to take a look at the ideas in the guidance and tell us whether they think we have got it right.”

Following the close of the public consultation, feedback will be reviewed and incorporated into the guidance where appropriate. The final version of the guidance will form a material consideration in the assessment of future planning applications.

The Council has previously carried out urgent works to weatherproof the properties. On the advice of an experienced conservation structural engineer, some of the walls on numbers 60 to 64 Dalston Lane were removed because they were structurally unsound.

The walls and other features were documented by conservation officers and the contractor prior to removal. The bricks from these walls, where sound, were cleaned, wrapped and carefully stored away from the site. The intention is to re-use the bricks in the future redevelopment of the site.

Find out more

Visit CLR James Library for a copy of the guidance and a questionnaire

Come to an information evening at CLR James Library

Monday 1 June, 3.30-7.30pm

Thursday 18 June, 3.30-7.30pm



Visit the Planning Reception at 263 Mare Street, E8 3HT