New Inn Yard Public Realm Improvement Scheme

Closes 23 Feb 2018

Opened 29 Jan 2018

Overview

This is the second stage of consultation for New Inn Yard following the first stage in 2017,
where we indicated there was a forthcoming scheme for the street and looked for ideas and the identification of issues. Since then, we have been working on a scheme influenced by the responses received, combined with our broader objectives, and are now seeking your views on the proposals to improve and enhance New Inn Yard.

Why We Are Consulting

This is part of a new approach as to how we want the streets of Shoreditch and Hoxton to work – a long term vision for this thriving and dynamic area of London is to create streets that are safe and easy to walk or cycle on, reducing vehicle dependence and improving air quality.
 
The Council’s Transport Strategy recognises that roads and streets in our neighbourhoods are not just places to park vehicles or drive, walk and cycle on; they make up the largest element of the public realm of the city and are the places where we socialise and live our lives. We would like to transform Hackney’s neighbourhoods into the most attractive and liveable neighbourhoods in London. This aspiration can only be achieved by reducing the dominance of the private vehicle primarily through managing on-street parking and reducing traffic flows.
 
Our Transport Strategy includes a number of actions that are relevant to this scheme:
 
• W1: Walking mode share target – Sets a target of 40% of all trips to be undertaken
by walking as the main mode of transport.
 
• W2: Walking to work target – Aims to increase the proportion of Hackney residents walking to work.
 
• W5: Improvements to the walking environment in Shoreditch
 
• W19: Reducing street clutter
 
• LN12: Sustainable Drainage (SuDS) – Works to include SuDS in public realm schemes and as part of new developments.
 
• LN3: Improving air quality – Tackles poor air quality, reducing NO2 and PM10 emissions.
 
• LN4: Low Emission Neighbourhoods (LENs) – Supports TfL air quality initiatives and works with TfL on the successful implementation of Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZs) and LENs.
 
We recognise the detrimental impact of air pollution in the City Fringe. Air pollution is responsible for the death of approximately 10,000 Londoners each year and causes alarming rates of asthma and other respiratory illnesses in children.
 
This has led to us creating a LEN in the City Fringe, made possible through funding partly from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund. This scheme is part of a package of measures focussed on reducing emissions and promoting sustainable travel to improve local air quality.
 
Overview
The approach we are taking includes a series of schemes intended to improve walking and cycling conditions within Shoreditch and this New Inn Yard scheme is one of several coming forward that will contribute to making Shoreditch and Hoxton a more liveable and healthier place.
 
These schemes will:
 
• reduce levels of pollution
 
• make it easier and safer to walk and cycle
 
• improve the character of the area for all residents and businesses
 
• improve people’s walking experience
 
What are the proposals?
There is funding available to turn the eastern section of New Inn Yard into somewhere that feels more vital, safe and active, improves the experience of walking through it by reducing the dominance of vehicles and generally improves the character of the area.
 
We believe that making the environment more attractive encourages more walking and this scheme could play a big part in achieving that.
 
It is vital to relocate the existing parking from the eastern section of New Inn Yard to Anning Street in order to serve the needs of users. This would allow us to change the existing road layout to prioritise pedestrians and allow space for street tree planting (please refer to the plan attached below). These measures were suggested in many of the responses we received from the first stage of consultation. We will also create new pavement areas using good quality materials that are more in keeping with the historical nature of the area. These measures will result in a high quality pedestrian focused street with a distinct and pleasant character.
 
New trees will contribute to a greener, softer character to the new street. The trees are intended to create seasonal interest and add further quality to the new space.
 
As part of the scheme we are also proposing to introduce a street designation which will allow us to remove all line markings. This will reduce visual clutter and aid a sense that this is a street for people.
 
See below for additional frequently asked questions (FAQs) which provide more information regarding why we are proposing the works as well as answers to more specific questions. 
 
The Future
We have plans to put lighting on the bridge as well as a projected lighting unit underneath the bridge when funding becomes available. This will act as a platform for digital art (or other visual mediums) and should act to enliven the bridge area.
 
A further proposal, focused more upon how vehicles use this street, will follow this scheme. This will aim to alleviate local concerns regarding traffic issues and will look at the wider area to see how to effectively resolve existing problems. This is likely to occur in 2018/19.
 
As part of this we will consider introducing a restricted vehicle access arrangement in consultation with local businesses and residents. This would take the form of restricted access to the eastern section of New Inn Yard to delivery vehicles only at specific times as well as residential vehicle access only to parking bays in Anning Street. This would be subject to a separate consultation.

 

Give Us Your Views

Areas

  • Hoxton East and Shoreditch

Audiences

  • Business
  • Residents

Interests

  • Traffic and transportation