More about Beecholme

Beecholme is also the first postwar "mixed development" housing scheme in Hackney, with a mixture of houses and flats with the taller block having five storeys and containing one-bedroom and bedsit accommodation. It is featured in Volume 15 of Hackney History and was the site of Beecholme House, the family home of Maj. John André (d. 1780), who was executed as a British spy in the American War of Independence.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

OLD TRAM DEPOT UPDATE - App 2009/2490 to go to Committee


    The fight goes on...   

The deadline for objection has now been reached on the Tram Depot 2009/2490 planning app
and a decision made by the planning dept.

The planning app will be recommended to be approved by the planning officer, however there are over-riding issues and speculative aspects to the planning app we hope the committee will certainly want to take into account and refuse permission to this third attempt by the developer to demolish our heritage and get rich by cramming as many tiny flats in as he can get away with*

It will go to committee on the 29th of June.
Details are on on the planning committee page of the Hackney website.

There will be more updates incl what you can do to help tomorrow, Thur 24th so check back.

   By the way, the planner report for all the apps the committee will be considering is available to download on the committee page

I have extracted just the Tram Depot pages from the 53mb complete planning report to the committee available to view online and download (still 17mb) at:


The report says that some 720 odd objections have been received whereas, from the figure given us at the B6 meeting then adding petition figures for (written and electronic) and adding letters the actual total is over 1,300 objections and may be 1,500 by the time we get to committee - Including from organizations like the Hackney Society, The Vicorian Society and the Clapton Conservation Advisory Committee.

We are trying to get to the bottom of this discrepancy now.

*For example, the single bedrooms in the 2 bed flats are almost exactly half the size of the single bedrooms of 2 bed flats in the Beecholme Estate!
Remember, Beecholme was built just after the war when half of the east end was bombed and there really was a shortage.

About the 2 & 3 bedroom flats

In the single bedroom there's not enough room for a computer desk and a wardrobe...    or rather there is room but you'd have to climb onto the bed to get around one just to get to the other.

And what happens when your 12 year old wants to play with his scaletrix? (or any other indoor game)...   does it go on the bed?

If he/she wants friends over to play on the Xbox it has to be the lounge room, that is, if Mum and Dad will allow it...     but then where do they go?

What do you do when your 7 year old constantly moans "I'm bored"...   tell him/her to play in the back garden?   ...his garden is 6 square feet of a decking corridor or the streets.

You can't have friends over in your own room, you can't play in your own garden, you can't do any of the normal things you and I used to do as children simply because there's no room.

These aren't homes to live in, they're dormitories.

The fact that they meet the latest guidance for room sizes only goes to prove how powerful the building lobby remains.

It's basis is as morally bankrupt and as discredited as "trickle down"

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