Stokey Local opposes the plans to build a Sainsbury’s store with a housing estate on top of it in Wilmer Place, adjacent to Abney Park Cemetery. We believe that the development will harm the biodiversity of the cemetery, undermine a conservation area, and harm the local economy. We recently raised over £12,000 (see below for details of how to make a donation) to challenge the granting of planning permission to the Sainsbury’s/Wilmer place development, but we face new challenges.
The developer has submitted a new planning application for the site, click here for details: 2013/3186: Land at Wilmer Place and 198 -201 Stoke Newington High Street London N16. In the documentation there is a note for consultation: ‘This application is identical to a previous application which was subject to public consultation, ref: 2013/1583’.
In a bid to outmanoeuvre our judicial review of the decision that granted permission for the development, they have submitted a new but identical application (hoping that the Council will give the impression of considering all the issues, but in effect ‘nod it though’ on the basis of officers’ recommendations). It they are successful, it will make our judicial review impotent (on the basis that the decision has been formally reconsidered and all relevant ‘boxes’ have been ticked). The developer has also now withdrawn their appeal against the original rejection of planning permission (in a bid to ensure that the planning inspectorate do not get to adjudicate on their proposals).
We believe that this whole saga is bringing the planning process into disrepute (particularly as it seems the developer does not want to see a judgement by either the planning inspectorate or the High Court). We have therefore decided to get the decision of this application ‘called in’ by the Secretary of State, in other words taken out of the hands of the local Council and placed in the hands of a Planning Inspector.
We have launched a petition here. Please sign it today, and then get everyone you know to do the same.
This is no longer a purely ‘local issue’, it is about whether supermarkets can simply ‘out-gun’ local communities, so get your contacts up and down the country to sign the petition. We won’t reach that unless, we speak to friends, neighbours and work-colleagues. So far over 3,700 people have signed it, but to have the desired effect we need to double this to 7,000.
We now need you to use your own networks to publicise the petition and we need to show this is something that is more than just a local issue (necessary for it to be ‘called in’). That means we need people who do not live in Hackney to support the petition. Please email your friends, tweet about the petition or like our facebook page. Getting e-signatures on the petition is our number one priority at the moment, so please do what you can to publicise this.
We have now raised more than our initial target for the judicial review. However, with the developer launching a third application, and the risk that we may need to commission an expert to write a report on the need for an Environmental Impact Assessment, we are still fundraising. If you have not already given, then you can still help by making a donation.
You can now make your donations through on-line or telephone banking:
Account name: Stokey Local Community Fund
Sort code: 08-60-01
Account number 20316473
Let’s celebrate our community
As we have already seen, winning this campaign is going to be a marathon, not a sprint, but we think we deserve a celebration of what we have already achieved.
On Tuesday 29 October we are going to have an informal meeting. It will be held in the function room at Yum Yum restaurant (many thanks to proprietor Atique who will be providing some nibbles and a first drink).
This will be an opportunity to get to get to know each other a little better in a relaxed atmosphere, because we have never accepted the idea that being in a community group had to be all work and no play.
Inevitably places are limited, so please register here.
The battle is on!
But time is running out to stop Sainsbury’s plan to build a supermarket in the heart of Stoke Newington.
We can stop this!
The wonderful, energetic, creative and UNITED Stoke Newington residents and small shop owners are determined to stop this!
WE ARE APPLYING FOR A JUDICIAL REVIEW!
BUT we need funds to take on the supermarket giant.
This development will
• damage the ecology of Abney Park
• endanger local children
• clog our streets with cars & trucks
• threaten local shops
• damage a conservation area
Please help us keep local children, local shops and Abney Park safe from this threat.
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