Residents in Hackney are being asked for their views on the future of the Bishopsgate Goods Yard, the site of the new East London line Shoreditch High Street which is due to open in summer 2010.
Hackney and Tower Hamlets Councils, together with the Mayor of London, have produced draft planning guidance for the 4.7 hectare site to help shape its future and are seeing views from local residents.
The guidance suggests the area could provide up to 2,000 new homes, including affordable housing, offices, business space, shops, restaurants, a health centre and other community facilities.
One suggestion is for the creation of a new park on top of the railway arches at the Grade II listed Braithwaite Viaduct.
Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Bishopsgate Goods Yard offers a great opportunity to develop a large disused area into a new neighbourhood with new homes, business space and with the Braithwaite Viaduct carrying a new park. Any new development must contribute to the surrounding area and we want to hear from local residents and businesses on what they want to see here.”
The public consultation on the draft interim planning guidance for Bishopsgate Goods Yard runs from 23 February to 6 April.
The council is holding drop in sessions on the following dates:
26 February from 10am-2pm
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9LT
10 March from 4pm – 8pm
St Hildas Community Centre, 18 Club Row, London E1
22 March from 12-4pm
Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AA
To book a space at one of the drop in sessions phone 020 8356 7740.
More information: www.hackney.gov.uk/ep-spd-bishopsgate-goodsyard.htm