I was very pleased to read of the proactive measures Hackney Council is taking to minimise the effects of this government’s short-signed planning rule changes.
The Article 4 Directive introduced by the Council across Dalston, Hackney Central, Hoxton and Stoke Newington will protect these vibrant commercial centres from greedy developers who, encouraged by the government’s relaxation of planning laws, want to make a quick buck out of Hackney. These developers sell off office and commercial premises at extortionate prices at the expense of local businesses, either pushing them out of the area or forcing them to close altogether.
This process is threatening the growth of Tech City in Shoreditch and the unique shopping destinations that Dalston, Stoke Newington and Hackney Central have become. Hackney has already lost many up-and-coming local businesses and local jobs since the relaxation of planning rules by the government.
I am very pleased to see that Hackney Council is taking action to ensure that Hoxton, Dalston, Stoke Newington and Hackney Central remain vibrant hubs of the community.