Dalston Quarter consultation

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Closes 30 Apr 2017

Your views

1. Do you support Draft Principle 1, as set out in the public consultation document, which relates to the recognition of past and present to shape the future?

Draft Principle 1: Recognition of past and present to shape the future:

(a) The contribution and role of existing organisations to the Quarter will be recognised alongside opportunities for their future growth and their involvement in taking the project forward;

(b) Existing buildings with heritage significance will sought to be retained or refurbished where possible alongside new buildings of exemplar and high quality design to enhance the area’s vibrant character and celebrate Dalston’s diversity (including the Terrace on the south side of Dalston Lane at Nos. 16-22 Dalston Lane).

2. Do you support Draft Principle 2, as set out in the public consultation document, which relates to providing a diverse range of uses which work together to foster networking, collaboration and the creation of cutting edge products and services?

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.

3. Do you support Draft Principle 3, as set out in the public consultation document, which relates to re-enforcing a public realm befitting Dalston Quarter?

Draft Principle 3: Re-enforce a public realm befitting the ‘Dalston Quarter’:

(a) Facilitate high quality buildings with active frontages and a set of enhancements to Ashwin Street to encourage ‘shared space’, ‘spill out spaces’ and pedestrian spaces along the street further defining this unique and vibrant space and strengthening Ashwin Street’s reputation as an arts led cultural destination;

(b) Sites with an eastern frontage onto the Eastern Curve Public Realm could potentially include active frontages onto the space which may include areas of publicly accessible green space, including potential for some continued use as a community garden and the creation of complementary urban spaces that enhance the green spaces and create a green lung in the heart of Dalston.

4. Do you have any general comments about the Dalston Quarter?