The Hackney Central plan: help us shape a fair recovery
Residents, businesses and organisations in Hackney Central are being encouraged to help turn the views of thousands of local people into the Hackney Central plan, bringing together the priorities of the local community with the Council’s ambitions to ensure a fair recovery after the pandemic.
In 2019, more than 2,000 people took part in the Hackney Central Conversation, outlining priorities for the area, including greener streets, cleaner air, more accessible public spaces, genuinely affordable housing and controls on new development to help protect Hackney Central’s unique character.
The Council is already acting on these findings, including a new site for the the much-loved community garden The Garden of Earthly Delights, Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and School Streets to help people to walk and cycle now in place, a newly revamped Hackney Central station on the way, and plans being developed to create genuinely affordable new workspace for local business.
The priorities set by the local community will create a shared vision for Hackney Central and a plan for how to get there, including a new town centre strategy and updated planning rules for the area to create the Hackney Central plan.
"We know the last 18 months have had a profound impact on the way we all think about our town centres. More of us have been and still are working from home and rediscovering the local town centre. Local businesses are dealing with a range of challenges, from attracting customers back, to meeting the challenges created by struggling supply chains.
"The Council doesn’t underestimate the challenges posed by Covid-19 and a changing economy which is why it is crucial that the future of the town centre is shaped by local residents and businesses. A lot has changed since 2019 and so it is timely to establish whether what you told the Council were your priorities for Hackney Central in 2019 still apply today.
“That’s why the Hackney Central Conversation is working with the local residents and businesses through workshops, events, and online engagement opportunities to get in-depth and current input, helping to shape and create a shared vision for Hackney Central and a plan for how to get there."
Take the five minute survey: We need to know what you told us were your priorities during the Hackney Central Conversation in 2019 still apply, so we can work with you to build a fairer future in Hackney Central together and develop a town centre that works for everyone.