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.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

All agree - NO Tram Depot over-development

Let the planning committee know you object to this high density new housing development - at 563 habitable rooms per hectare
(2002 average London-wide was 290 hrh, current London-wide 360 hrh)
42 car parking spaces, loss of jobs and artists studios as well as this locally listed Victorian complex of buildings.

Come to the demo
against the demolition of
the Old Tram Depot
outside the
Town Hall at 5.30pm
Mon April 4th

before the public Planning Sub-committee
meeting inside 
at 6.30pm

Object to Planning application 2010/2879

• • •

Just a small fraction of the objections to
the Old Tram Depot re-development
sent to local Hackney councillor Ian Rathbone
in the last two days and sent on to the planning dept.

=====================  LETTERS  ====================

I have lived on Evering Road since 1997 and in that time have witnessed
the gradual development of the area with much development occurring in
the past 5 years especially. However with the exception of the
successful Lea Bridge Roundabout reworking and the wonderful renovation
of Clapton Library, not much has been done that has improved the general
landscape or amenity value of Upper Clapton. I am very much against the
proposals for the Tram Depot area for the following reasons:

1. streetscape: Does Upper Clapton need this scale of development, right
on the main road, that looks more like what is happening around Dalston?
I do not believe so. The next nearest tall buildings along Upper Clapton
road are all set back from the road, this development would create an
even more unpleasant streetscape at the already congested and narrow
point on Upper Clapton Road that is frequently backed up with traffic.

2. Scale of development: currently there are new housing developments
underway at the end of Evering Road, the old Festival site on Narford
Road, nearby on Lea Bridge Road heading towards the canal, the eastern
side of the Lea Navigation, the continued redevelopments around
Landfield and Nightingale Estates, not to mention the nearly completed
redevelopments around the old Lathams site and on the  and down the
canal around South Millfields. This represents a huge growth in
population density in this area in recent years, yet as a parent with a
child at a local school I am very aware that all of the local primaries,
as well as the new Academy High schools are already all at capacity.
Local year 6 children are being offered high school places in Waltham
Forest. Similarly, local doctors practices are also over subscribed.
This development of 85 flats will brings yet more people into a very
densely populated part of Hackney with no new infrastructure for
services being considered.

3. Heritage: it would seem a great disaster to allow these unusual
buildings, that represent local architectural heritage to make way for
yet more architecturally uninteresting apartment blocks. Here is a real
opportunity to celebrate this areas architectural history - or allow it
to simply disappear for the benefit of a developers profit. Keeping
gable ends of old buildings for the sake of 'heritage' is not enough!
The buildings represent an unusual set of industrial buildings the kind
of which is not to be seen elsewhere in the local area. They are not
currently being maintained to the best standard but these buildings
could be fantastic if regenerated sympathetically. We have lost so much
of our industrial architectural heritage already, lets try to keep what
remains and use it positively to start a regeneration of Upper Clapton
that is not just about more living spaces.

4. Jobs: The buildings are home to a number of small businesses, some of
which are long established. There is no evidence that the kind of office
spaces that will be provided in the development are what businesses in
Clapton require. I don't see these kinds of businesses moving into this
area, yet the kind of small creative businesses that are in the existing
buildings are of the sort that have thrived in Hackney for many years
now. Artists all over Hackney are being moved out thanks to the Olympics
and gentrification. The vibrancy that attracts many to Hackney will soon
be gone.

I have written to Adam Flynn in the past when previous proposals have
gone to sub-committee and trust that you will both be representing the
views of the many local residents who will have written to you in
opposition. Locals have been in opposition for 4 years to this out of
scale development and will not simply be worn down by time and the
determination of the developer.

I look forward to the council rejecting the current proposals hope to
see them soon working with local residents to develop Clapton in an
appropriate manner in line with the wishes of local people.

Kind regards,


I attended the NE neighbourhood meeting last week and was upset to find out that the tram depot is still in danger of development into a 7 storey block of flats. we thought this proposal had been rejected as inappropriate before. Anyway I know developers never give up so can you please record that we-myself and husband- who have lived in Clapton for 26 years object strongly to this proposed development. The tram depot is an historic piece of |Hackney and needs to be developed into working space for local businesses such as those that now use it.A block of flats such as the one proposed is too big for the position, it is ugly and has nothing to endear it to local people. Furthermore cars exiting from it will pose a danger trafficwise on an already congested main road opposite a busy junction by a busy builders merchant!!! We dont believe this development makes any sense or is justified.



I object strongly to the development plans for the Tram Depot. The site
is designated a Priority Employment Area by Hackney Council and should
therefore be developed as such, protecting the livelihoods of the
existing people on the site.

I wish to see the historic character of the Victorian tram depot complex
retained and its potential as an arts centre with exhibition space
fulfilled, incorporated into a hub of skilled and creative enterprises.
This would be of greater benefit to the Clapton area and make our
community more sustainable than  density packed apartment blocks and yet
more cars clogging up our roads and polluting our environment.

I think that the developer's plans would set an unfortunate precedent
for the future development of the Clapton area, resulting in the
destruction of people's livelihoods and over-crowded housing in a narrow
and constrained site where there is no room to separate cars and



I am writing to voice my objection to the proposed development of the Tram Depot on Upper Clapton Rd.

The Tram Depot is a listed building and is used by artists and craftspeople. It provides affordable space for them. The presence of creative artists feeds into the cultural life of the area - private apartments would not. Is there not a way of developing the area to encourage more residents to move in and also keep the artists in the area too? How about a creative arts centre with a gallery space and cafe? 



A letter published below - but well worth publishing again

I am writing to oppose the proposed development of the existing Tramshed
on Upper Clapton Road as a new block flats.

I am  a former board member of the East Midlands Development Agency.   I work in regional and local development and I run a company that is based in Upper Clapton which exports consultancy services across Europe.

Last year I was invited to speak at the Shanghai expo on how urban policy can combat disadvantage in cities.  I spoke of the need for cities to foster innovation and provide a creative milieu for development.

I note since returning to Hackney five years ago that the conversion of
business space to residential space in the borough has been almost
entirely in one direction - from commercial to residential.  This is
particularly true of Upper Clapton which has very few remaining premises
for offices and small scale artisan production compared to what was
around when I first lived here in the 1980s.

The site in question already hosts a number of enterprises and under
sensitive development and management  could grow its capacity.  Lea
Bridge roundabout could become a new employment centre providing a range
of jobs suitable for the local community.  Not everyone can work in the
city of London.  As a result of the crisis the Borough is already
showing high levels of unemployment and inactivity.

Hackney has many creatives who are creating jobs already and could grow considerably in the right environment.  That environment needs a diversity of use classes rather than a monoculture based solely on housing.

Yours sincerely


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