Draft Principle 2: Provide a diverse range of uses which work together to foster networking, collaboration and the creation of cutting edge products and services:
(a) Provision of a range of improved, flexible floorspace to support creative/cultural and community businesses that will complement the existing Quarter’s assets and promote employment opportunities. Employment floorspace may range from ‘desk-space’ to ‘move-on space’ for a variety of different sectors, including the provision of some affordable floorspace for charities and social organisations, local professional services, creative tech businesses, for makers and the creative arts;
(b) Improved retail floorspace with a range of unit sizes that could support an independent retail offer helping to maintain Dalston Town Centre’s distinct character and appeal, complementing and reinforcing the town centre’s reputation as home to an innovative and enterprising community;
(c) The design for non-residential space could take pointers from Dalston’s creative and light industrial heritage. From the materials used in construction through the design process to the provision of space which helps break down the barriers of planning use classes to provide truly shared space which meets the needs of different uses and of a range of business activities. This could include components such as higher ceiling heights, mezzanines floors where possible; shared service areas, entrances and receptions;
(d) The introduction of a range of residential development types could also be included. This would offer the potential for affordable and low cost ownership housing through the Council’s involvement, as well as homes for market sale to help pay for the delivery of community and cultural floorspace.