Wilmer Place application rejected by Planning Committee

We are pleased to report that on the evening of Wednesday 3rd April 175 Stokey Local supporters packed Hackney’s Council Chamber to observe the council’s Planning Committee. The committee heard the planning officer’s report and arguments against and for the development and, after nearly two hours, rejected the application by 4 votes to 2.

Big thanks to everyone who turned out last night, everyone who spent time at the farmers market collecting petitions, everyone who joined our zombie parade (which helped publicise our opposition), the local store keepers who supported us throughout, and everyone who signed the petition.

Special mention must go to our speakers last night: Nick, Russell and Damian who had the impossible task of covering our objections in just five minutes between them. Big thanks must also go to the two Labour Councillors who spoke out at the meeting, Daniel Stevens and Louisa Thompson (they had five minutes each, and used every second to great effect).  We also had support from across the political spectrum, with both the Greens and Lib Dems actively supporting the campaign.

What next?

Well as you might expect representatives of the developer were far from happy and have informed us that they will appeal the decision. This may have just been bravado, but none the less we will need to be vigilant. Typically in such circumstances, the developer will either appeal or come back with a revised proposal. Which is why we, as a community, need to be ready, if necessary to fight  ‘Round two’.

Reflection and a celebration

We have won a great victory, both in terms of the planning decision, but also in building an incredible and strong network of Stokey residents who care about our area. We would like to capture your thoughts about the campaign (what went well, what could be improved etc) and we also want your ideas as to how we can celebrate this success. Please click here and let us know your thoughts.

Thanks again to all you wonderful people!

We couldn’t have done it without all the amazing support, time and effort given by the people of Stoke Newington.