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November 21, 2010



And to think that during the building works on this site a lovely Georgian shopfront was uncovered under the Victorian one!!! It was promptly skipped. (I'm sure I have the photograph of it on its way to the skip, taken by someone local.) It would have been most unusual (and a lot more attractive) to have a little quaint Georgian-style shop there! Well, c'est la vie! Hackney must be developed, as the doctrine says!


What I object to more is the preposterous building on the left. Hackney council's insistence on fifth-rate Victorian pastiche built to a 1930s building line is historical, cultural and commercial nonsense. In regard to almost every planning approach this fails; it is terrible conservation, it degrades both the integrity of the 1930s corner and the Georgian building is now relegated to a dingy recess. This development perfectly demonstrates why Hackney Planning Office should be cleaned out and restaffed. Clueless!!

Janice Bera

gotta love London

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