Woodberry Down regeneration ‘breaks new ground’ with PDA agreement

[news link] Woodberry Down regeneration ‘breaks new ground’ with PDA agreement Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing Tuesday 23rd March 2010 – 2:20pm One of the capital’s most high-profile regeneration projects continues to break new ground with the signing of a £1billion, 20-year Principal Development Agreement (PDA). The PDA between Hackney Council, Berkeley…

£80m shops, offices and homes plan for buzzing fashion centre

[news link] Islington Tribune – by PETER GRUNER Published: 7 August 2009 From left, Business Forum chief executive Talal Karim, previous chief executive Despina Johnson, London Assembly member Jennette Arnold and Forum chairman Paul Morris £80m shops, offices and homes plan for buzzing fashion centre Entry arch to go up at street market under ambitious…

City North Site, Finsbury Park, London by Benson & Forsyth

[news link] City North Site, Finsbury Park, London by Benson & Forsyth 29 July, 2009 | By Richard Waite First Look: Benson & Forsyth has revealed its detailed proposals for a £80 million mixed-use scheme next to Finsbury Park station, north London The practice landed the 46,000 sq m project in June last year (2008)…

Neglect is hurting street, say residents

[news link] Neglect is hurting street, say residents nlnews@archant.co.uk 02 July 2009 ALMOST 100 people have signed a petition calling for a boost for a boost for one of Finsbury Park’s most interesting high streets. People living in the Stroud Green Road area of Finsbury Park say its diversity, lively cafes and pubs and rich…

Row erupts over who takes clean-up credit

[news link] slington Tribune – by PETER GURNER Published: 26 June 2009 Paul Morris: ‘Bitterly disappointed’ Row erupts over who takes clean-up credit Community group dismisses politicians’ claims AN embarrassing row has blown up in Finsbury Park over who is responsible for major environmental and anti-crime improvements to rundown Blackstock Road. FinFuture – an independent,…

Councillors report for May/June 09

Councillors report for May/June 09 Council performance The Audit Commission have found that “Hackney Council has continued to ‘improve strongly’ and remains a ‘three star’ council. Hackney is delivering significant improvement in priority areas such as community safety, children and young people and adult social care. The pace of improvement is higher than the national…

July update

Wednesday, July 01, 2009 July update Audit Committee Brian has recently taken over as the permanent Chair of Audit – which really is more interesting than it sounds. It’s responsibilities include o Managing our relationship with the Audit Commission, who inspect us and give us our star rating o Approving the accounts, at our late…

Go-ahead for £21m Finsbury Park scheme

[news link] Go-ahead for £21m Finsbury Park scheme Michael Donnelly, PlanningResource, 11 June 2009 Plans for a £21 million student accommodation scheme in Finsbury Park, north London have been approved. The building, designed by CZWG Architects, will house 400 student apartments on 5 floors with commercial space on the ground floor. The Planning Report to…

How to play the regeneration game?

[link news] How to play the regeneration game? Rowan Moore 05.05.09 London has, right now, the chance of a remarkable transformation. Some of the city’s biggest, most troubled, most ugly, most intractable estates, where tens of thousands of people live, could at last be replaced. Plans have been drawn up and decisions made. In some…

£4m blow for council after developer pulls out of estate scheme

[news link] £4m blow for council after developer pulls out of estate scheme nlnews@archant.co.uk 30 April 2009 CREDIT crunched Islington Council is set to lose £4million after a private company pulled out of a flagship regeneration scheme. Developer John Laing and housing association One Housing Group had been planning to build 164 new flats on…

Our report to March

Thursday, March 05, 2009 Our report to March Councillors Report for March 09 Budget and council tax 2009/10 The council meeting to set the budget took place last night. As intended, we were able to freeze the Hackney element of the council tax again, for the fourth year in a row. Hackney is the only…

HCA promises more help for regeneration schemes

[news link] HCA promises more help for regeneration schemes 5 March, 2009 The Homes and Communities Agency’s £93 million cash injection is just the start of state efforts to revive stalled regeneration schemes in the capital. London mayor Boris Johnson joined the HCA earlier this week to announce the first wave of action to save…