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Draft Dalston Plan Consultation Launched

Dalston residents, businesses and community groups are being encouraged to have their say on new guidelines to protect the town centre’s unique character, as investment plans to secure the future of Ridley Road are revealed. As part of ambitions to ensure a fair recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic, Hackney Council has launched a consultation on the new draft Dalston Plan, recently approved by the Council’s Cabinet, which sets out wider proposals for the town centre. The draft Dalston Plan is the culmination of over three years of collaboration between the Council and the local community, which started with the Dalston Conversation – an engagement exercise with input from more than 5,000 people. The plan formally sets out how development in the area will be managed to protect and enhance what local residents and businesses value most about Dalston, from the unique shopping offer to the thriving cultural and nighttime economies and much-loved local institutions such as Ridley Road Market and the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. It also establishes how changes that are needed to accommodate new homes and workspaces can be delivered in line with the priorities set by the community and the Council’s commitment to ensure a fair recovery from the pandemic, in which local residents and businesses are the first to benefit. Site proposals for the town centre set out a clear delivery plan on how and when developments will happen. New street trees, free public wifi and cashless payment machines for market traders are among the planned improvements for the much-loved Ridley Road market, as a result of a £1.5 million joint-investment between Hackney Council and the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund. Proposals for the street market and improvements in nearby Ashwin Street have been designed in collaboration with the market’s traders over the last year, to help create a greener, safer and more accessible market for residents, local businesses, shoppers and visitors. To review the final proposals, go to

Posted on 24th June 2021

by Communications team

Consultation Report Published and September Workshops

Following the Towards a Dalston Plan: key issues and objectives consultation held earlier this year, we are pleased to present the consultation report with your comments and feedback. The report can be found at or downloaded if you click this link . We would also like to invite you to a Dalston Street and Public Space Workshop at the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden (date and time slot options are outlined below). We want to work with local residents and businesses as best we can, despite the circumstances, to develop ideas for the area before we move on to the next stage of developing a Plan for Dalston. The workshops will be interactive session where participants will look at: Attendees can reference the Dalston town centre public realm, movement and permeability study and additional evidence base prior to the event on the Council’s Dalston website . To sign up to the workshops, please email to reserve a place. Due to coronavirus, the workshops will be run according to the Government’s social distancing rules. Each workshop will allow for 5 participants per session. It is important that you register for the event. 16th September Session 1: 6.00 - 6.45pm Session 2: 7.00 - 7.45pm 23rd September Session 3: 6.00 - 6.45pm Session 4: 7.00 - 7.45pm If there is significant interest in attending the workshop, the team will increase the number of workshops. The project team will clear and sanitise the venue before each group session. Best Wishes, Strategic Planning Team

Posted on 3rd September 2020

by Larry Evans