Update on new sports pavilion at Hackney Marshes

As part of  its plans to encourage greater participation in sport among borough residents, Hackney Council plans to build a new sports pavilion at North Marsh on Hackney Marshes. The proposed Hackney Marshes pavilion would replace the current run-down pavilion. A single storey building is planned which will comprise changing rooms for football and cricket and social facilities for use by cricket players, spectators,  the community together with ancillary facilities including cricket nets, cycle and car parking and landscaping proposals. 

What is happening now?

The application for the new pavilion will be made on behalf of the Council’s leisure and green spaces team to the local planning authority.

During the project design process and before making the application, the Council  has commissioned exploratory tests on the ground at the site to determine ground conditions requiring the drilling of small test holes. This work has now been completed and analysis of the results is expected soon. The results will assist with the design of the foundations for the scheme and also determine any remedial works for the site that may be necessary. It is possible that further tests may be needed.

The Council’s project team has also applied to the local planning authority for an opinion under Regulations 5 (i) of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England) Regulations 2011 whether an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) needs to be carried out.

What is the next step in the planning process?

Once the designs are developed in enough detail so that a planning application can be submitted, a decision will be made by the Council’s Project Board as to when this will happen.