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October 2015 Sustainable Hackney has agreed to support the campaign to make London a national park city

31/07/15 Architects for Social Housing article on the causes of London’s housing ‘crisis’

09/03/15 openDemocracy published The law of the forest and the freedom of the streets, a short essay by Hackney's Ken Worpole

15/ 02/2015 Hackney Play Streets evaluation report published - shows success in helping to bring back street play, and the potential for building on the work to date.

14/02/15 Not content with the destructive 'right to buy', the government is now proposing to give away social housing.  Privatisation, no matter what the cost.  We must stand up against this madness.

03/10/14 Judge grants OPEN permission to judicially review decision to demolish Dalston's Georgian houses

02/10/14 The Planning Inspectorate upheld a Hackney Council Enforcement notice preventing the use of the upper floor of the 150-year-old Chesham Arms Pub, listed as an Asset of Community Value, as a self contained flat. But the owner can continue to use the ground floor as an office until March 2016.

08/05/14 The London Recipe: How Systems and Empathy Make The City report makes the case for combining systems and empathy and discusses ways in which London’s systems and empathy can be improved. Examples given include:

  • High System/Low Empathy: Oyster card system
  • High System/High Empathy: London 2012 Olympics
  • Low System/Low Empathy: The Pembury Estate 2011
  • Low System/High Empathy: Broadway Market

26/03/14 Planning: change of use system. A House of Commons explanation of changes that will come into force on 6th April 2014, highlighting some concerns surrounding changes of use.

04/02/14 Hackney is awarded £13,141,188, the third highest level of New Homes Bonus in the UK

12/13 The RIBA report City Health Check – How Design Can Save Lives and Money explores the role design can play in combating key public health problems. It concludes that the healthiest local authorities have almost half the housing density and a fifth more green space than the least healthy ones and that England’s obesity epidemic could be eased if better public spaces and green infrastructure were prioritised.  

20/09/13 The Hackney Society launched the Hackney Building Catalogue a database of Hackney's Locally Listed buildings. 

14-20/07/13 Dalston People's Festival: events on regeneration and planning

27/02/13 See what people are saying about Neighbourhood Forums: read Sustainable Hackney comments to Neighbourhood Forum consultations Feb 2013, see Cazenove Area Action Group (Hosted Groups) and check out Hackney Planning Watch .  The Forums themselves can be accessed at Chatsworth Neighbourhood Forum and Stamford Hill Neighbourhood Forum.

24/01/13 TfL withdraw plans for private gated community in Dalston

Oct 2012 Local planning won't help tackle big national problems and  The Lie of the Land

07/09/12 Guided Walk through Abney Park Nature Reserve - Wilmer Place Park v Sainsbury's Towerblock

21/08/12  Do you want a 6 story 22m tall Sainsbury's and block of flats overshaddowing Abney Park Cemetery? If not deadline for objections is 17th Septmber. See Russell's Blog for ecological impact on Abney Nature Reserve. See also Stokey Local campaign.

11/07/12 Exhibition of revised development proposals for Peacocks site

15/06/12 Western Curve Dalston. Exhibition of proposed development

18/04/12 Delight as London Lane tower refused

07/03/12 Dalston Tower turned down 5:0 at planning meeting

28/02/12 Open Dalston calls public meeting this Tuesday to discuss the Kingsland Towerblock

21/02/12 SH Planning Objection to Dalston Towerblock.doc

21/02/12 Labour councillors and Unsustainable development in Hackney.

30/01/12 Do we need an 18 story block next to Dalston Kingsland station?

21/12/11 MPs call for changes to localism bill

24/11/11 Built Environment Map


Events: Housing & the Built Environment

People interested in Housing & the Built Environment

Housing & the Built Environment Map


Active by design: designing places for healthier lives 
Campaign for a Liveable London

City and Hackney health and wellbeing profile (joint strategic needs assessment)

Hackney from above 1919-1953

Hackney Vandal Patrol (Kingsmead) 1976

LBH Neighbourhood Planning

Lea Bridge heritage 

Let's make London a national park city

Low Impact Living Initiative

Spacehive - crowdfunding civic projects

Well Street Neighbourhood Plan


Local Organisations

Digs - supporting and empowering Hackney renters 

Discover Hackney

East London Community Land Trust

Geffrye Museum

Hackney Housing Group

Hackney Planning Watch

Hackney Society

OPEN Dalston Information

OPEN Shoreditch

Stokey Local


Other Organisations

Architects for Social Housing

Association of Environmentally Conscious Builders


Green Roof Shelters

London Open House

Neighbourhoods Green

Sustainable Traditional Building Alliance

The Building Exploratory



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