The Hackney Central Masterplan helps the London Borough of Hackney to deliver their Area Action Plan objectives and catalyse the regeneration of one of London’s most dynamic town centres.
Hackney Central has attracted significant investment in recent years, not least because of its position within the city fringe tech cluster. Creative businesses have grouped around the Mare Street corridor linking Shoreditch and Hackney Central. This has given rise to significant opportunities for employment and housing growth within the area which is recognised in the Mayor’s City Fringe Opportunity Area Planning Framework.
Our Masterplan for Hackney Central translates strategic policy objectives of the Hackney Central Area Action Plan into a series of actionable projects on the ground, including public spaces, transport improvements and development opportunities. It provides a coordinated design strategy that reflects local aspirations for the area. The masterplan improves the viability of the town centre by creating space for 3,000 new jobs, 1,000 new homes and supporting an exciting new retail destination. Key to the masterplan are a number of strategic opportunity sites that have the potential to accommodate this significant employment and housing growth.
We have developed a series of development briefs and area-wide development guidelines which will be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) against which future planning applications will be assessed. The development briefs give confidence to potential developers and land owners that the London Borough of Hackney will support development on the sites. They set out guidelines for land use, building height and massing, access and servicing, private and public open space.
The masterplan captures the combined effect of all development opportunities and is supported by a public realm strategy that meets the needs of this growing area.
The Bigger Picture
Hackney Central is one of east London’s most vibrant centres of activity. Like many other London town centres, its role as a traditional retail location is changing. Online shopping has brought the high street to our pocket, but cannot replace the haptic and sensory experience of high street shops. As a result, town centres are becoming more focussed on experience rather than financial transactions. It is where we go to touch products, smell and taste food and simply be amongst people. In this context, cafes, restaurants and cultural venues play an increasingly important role. At the same time, the release of commercial space provides an opportunity for workshops, offices and business uses to cluster in town centres. Our masterplan for Hackney Central provides a development framework for this evolving role of the town centre.