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Overall, what do you think about the vision and objectives in the draft Dalston Plan?
Is there anything that should be added, amended or taken out of the vision and overall objectives?
600 new ‘affordable’ homes and 14,000sqm for new shops, offices and workspaces is not what Dalston needs. Dalston instead needs social housing and investment in local business which are already here and flourishing. The Dalston Plan should focus on helping black and brown business owners local to Dalston and stop the sanitisation of Ridley Road and Gillet Sq.
The objectives of the plan sound good superficially but will actually result in radical changes for the long-established residents of Dalston, the Caribbean and west-african communities who shop and meet on Ridley Road market, the senior citizens who gather on Gillet Sq daily. I am really concert that these communities are not reflected in the Dalston Plan. The proposed changes are following a classic model of gentrification which moves the rooted and diverse communities of the borrow and aims to replace them with wealthier, highly educated and affluent demographics.
Main focus needs to be to preserve the beautiful and humane character of Dalston and be respectful to the community present, rather than the future residents and new businesses.
I think that the vision and objectives fall short in key areas. One of the most important issues in Hackney, as in many parts of London, is the dearth of social housing- the only truly affordable housing. As a result, if this is not addressed poorer, long standing working class communities will be displaced. The process known as gentrification will transform the area so that the history and character of the place will change. Why is social rent only mentioned once? This should be at the fore of any plan. If people have secure safe and housing they can afford they can build meaningful and productive individual lives and create stable communities. Build many more council houses, not private housing that the vast majority will never be able to buy or rent. Cater for the existing community’s needs.
Ensure that shops and services are inclusive. Existing retail must not be priced out. Targets for ‘affordable’ new employment floor space are far too low at 10%. It needs to be the majority of workspace.
With regards to Ridley Rd- please ensure that the nature of this market does not change to something that only sells expensive goods to aveertsin demographic
The seems thorough, thoughtful and sensible. It is hard for planners to plan, in a fast-changing local and London-wide context where local government can often do little more than react.
On the whole I think the plans retain the character of Dalston and consider local residents needs .However it works to a failed economic model with high value rents subsidising affordable ( in some cases non- affordable afforable housing ) - I think the vision fails to take account of the dire Climate Emergency we face. The question is 'should be really be building new buildings' with temperatures already on a course to reach 2.4 degrees by the end of the century - just on the course we are on and further temperature rises to come if we don't change course now. Extreme weather , increased fuel poverty where people will need to choose between heating or food. We need a radical move away from use of cars entirely in cities
retain the loose fill aspects of the streets surrounding the shopping center in order to retain an essential character of Dalston which has historically provided a platform for a diverse community (culturally and economically) to participate both commercially and artistically in making this part of London a world renowned unique and vibrant place.