Go-ahead for new homes and creative space in Hackney Wick

Exciting plans for 190 new homes around Hackney Wick Station have been given the green light.

Notting Hill Genesis submitted a Reserved Matters Application (RMA) in January, outlining how they would transform the sites into a new neighbourhood centre, which was granted permission yesterday (Tuesday).

The 190 homes will be across four buildings and will provide a mix of London Affordable Rent, shared ownership and private sale housing. All will be five per cent larger than national size standards, while half will be affordable housing.

Meanwhile, creatives and small businesses will benefit from more than 4,000sqm of commercial space, a quarter of which will be low-cost.

The land is owned by London Legacy Development Corporation, and it is their planning decisions committee that agreed the plans last night.

LLDC is committed to the transformation of the area into a thriving town centre, support existing communities, developing high-quality new homes and providing affordable workspaces.

The overall neighbourhood centre, on the border of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, will build upon the unique character and businesses in the area with further jobs and commercial opportunities planned and space for new retail, restaurants, bars and community facilities being provided.

As part of the RMA, there will also be more than 4,000sqm of high-quality public space, alongside residential play areas, roof terraces and podium amenity. The plan is compliant with the New London Plan for cycle parking provision and has a focus on sustainability, with no fossil fuels needed to power either the homes or commercial space.

John Hughes, group director of development for Notting Hill Genesis, said: “We are very proud of the plans we put forward for new homes, public realm and commercial space at Hackney Wick and are pleased the LLDC shared our enthusiasm for the proposal.

This is such an exciting area, with fantastic transport links to the rest of London and beyond and we look forward to providing more of the quality, affordable homes so needed in this area.

Rosanna Lawes, executive director of development at LLDC, added: “This is fantastic news for the next chapter for Hackney Wick neighbourhood centre. This site, adjacent to Hackney Wick station will deliver new homes, 50 per cent affordable, the retention of affordable workspace, employment space and high-quality public realm. This is going to be a high quality, well-designed, mixed use development that will fit with its surroundings and will bring real benefits for local people and businesses.”

Notting Hill Genesis were chosen as development partner in March 2021, while the design team is led by Hawkins\Brown, with Delvendahl Martin and Studio Weave.

Work is now due to begin later this year, with the buildings and public realm expected to be completed in 2025.