Planning Inspectorate to Hold Public Enquiry into Hackney Marshes Works

We have really good news to report. The Planning Inspectorate today notified everyone who made an objection about the proposals for building on Hackney Marshes that there will be a public enquiry into the plans. This is recognition that the plans need further examination and may not be approved due to their impact on common land.

Public enquiries are held when:

  • a lot of objections have been received in response to the application;
  • the issues of the case are particularly complex;
  • it appears to be the only way to obtain the information needed to decide the application.

There is no doubt that the petition and the objections the Planning Inspectorate received have helped lead to this decision to hold an enquiry, so thank you for everything you have done up to now.

The enquiry will be an opportunity for the applicant to explain their proposals but also for witnesses to explain their objections. If you were someone who kindly took the time to make an objection, please check that you received a notification of the decision. We strongly urge everyone who possibly can to register to attend the enquiry. If you attend, you can explain how the proposals will adversely affect you as a user of the common land of Hackney Marshes. We will notify everyone of how to go about registering soon and will include this information on our website:

We realise that many of you will not have attended such an event before, however we will provide support and guidance to everyone who wishes to attend, outlining how to go about giving your evidence.

Even if as a result of the enquiry, the plans are given Planning Inspectorate approval, Hackney Council Planning Committee will still need to approve the plans. For this reason, we are asking that people also object to Hackney Council about the proposals.

The consultation period has now started.  It runs until 29th September, so there is very little time to submit your comments!

To submit your comments online, please follow this link

If you prefer to submit your comments on paper (or if your comments are more than 2000 characters long), please send them to Hackney Planning Service, 2 Hillman Street, London E8 1FB.  Be sure to quote the application reference number 2014/2582 .

Please get writing now!

Let’s save Hackney Marshes from unnecessary car parks!


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