Please sign this petition to support this designation here:
We should applaud the LLDC’s effort to extend the areas existing conservation areas, because it is a key strategic move towards retention of the areas ‘factory town’ character and potential to continue a legacy of production, be it creative or industrial.
Over the past years, Hackney Wick has lost a great deal of building fabric, for the lack of a larger conservation area. Notable loses include the Lea Tavern on White post Lane, and the old chemical works on Stour Road to name just a few. Their landowners ruthlessly demolished these buildings to maximise their potential profit for development.
These great industrial buildings play a key role in not only giving character to the factory town street pattern, but also as buildings providing potentially affordable rents to the micro industries wanting to take hold in the area.
The conservation area status makes it more difficult to demolish these buildings and also means that any proposals in these areas must be sensitive to the areas character, which puts parameters on its type of uses, materials, form and scale.
In short, the designation will help save the area from the unimaginative, market driven development which will inevitably pursue.
Landowners will most likely be adverse to this designation, so it is crucial that the East London community show support.
See LLDC’s statement below.
LLDC Reason for proposal:
Hackney Wick’s special interest lies in its history as a zone of creative production and innovation in the late Victorian/Edwardian period. The architectural legacy and the remaining street pattern from this period is a rare survivor of small scale and consumer-oriented industry and as such has a heritage significance of national importance. The area has been fragmented by subsequent development and decline. It is currently partially protected by two geographically distant conservation areas.
The Legacy Corporation considers that the concentration of historic structures within the Hackney Wick/Fish Island area and their settings, in particular laid out along the historic industrial spines of the Lee Navigation and Hertford Union Canal (which catalysed the industrial development of the area) are of special architectural and historic interest deserving of preservation and enhancement. The proposed two expanded conservation areas have a shared history and provide complementary settings for each other.
In order to preserve and enhance the special character described above, the Legacy Corporation proposes to extend both existing conservation areas as shown on the attached plan.
Some of the land near the two current Hackney Wick and Fish Island conservation areas comprises cleared sites and modern buildings of lower architectural quality. Where redevelopment of such sites is likely to have a significant impact on the setting of and links between more important heritage assets the Legacy Corporation has included them within the proposed extensions so as to help preserve and enhance the special character of the two areas.
A Hackney Wick and Fish Island Design and Planning Guide has also been produced by the Legacy Corporation. This appraises the key features of the area and makes a series of recommendations, including the extension of the existing conservation areas (within Part 5-section 3.4). This is available to download from the Legacy Corporation website at this address: http://www.londonlegacy.co.uk/planning-policy-and-decisions/the-local-plan-3/local-plan-evidence-base/