Hackney is a very different place to 15 years ago. It now has better transport links, first-class schools and great public facilities, thanks to years of public and private investment.
Whether it's supporting Tech City around the Old Street Roundabout, securing the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics in Hackney Wick, or identifying opportunities to improve the borough's town centres, we play a key role in ensuring that residents and businesses feel the benefits of change and are able to take advantage of the opportunities it brings.
By delivering new affordable workspace and better public spaces, engaging and supporting businesses to grow and prosper, and working in partnership to maximise education and skills opportunities for residents, we aim to deliver inclusive economic growth in the borough that brings opportunities for all.
Dalston has seen huge changes and a steady increase in population over the last few years.
The prospect of Crossrail 2 – a proposed high-speed train line that would link the town centre directly to other parts of London – means developers and landowners are likely to want to build new buildings in the town centre.
The Council can’t control all of this change, but it does want to shape it and ensure that new developments bring benefits for local residents – such as affordable workspace, access to employment opportunities and more cultural events and activities.
We are working with residents, partners and businesses in the town centre to identify the priorities for the local community and come up with a plan to deliver these.
Tens of thousands of people work in Shoreditch every day, the heart of Hackney’s economy and an international destination.
Home to Tech City, it contains Europe’s largest concentration of tech and creative businesses, as well as having a rich cultural heritage and bustling nightlife.
But these changes have led to new pressures, with large corporations moving into Shoreditch to take advantage of the talent of its residents and workforce.
New, large-scale developments on the edge of the City of London are putting pressure on the area’s infrastructure and character.
The Council wants to ensure that this growth is inclusive – bringing benefits to existing communities and businesses while securing the economic growth that will mean new opportunities for everyone.
We are working with partners and businesses in Shoreditch to identify the priorities for the residential and business communities and the best way to deliver these.
The civic heart of Hackney, with the restored art deco Town Hall and Council chambers, Hackney Central is a growing cultural, creative and retail destination, with huge opportunities for new housing and jobs.
The Hackney Walk fashion hub is home to world-renowned brands, creating hundreds of jobs and inspiring the next generation of fashion makers.
The Council aims to create 3,000 new jobs and 1,000 new homes, centred around an overhaul of transport infrastructure, key sites and public spaces.
The Regeneration team are working with our partners and stakeholders to ensure any new development maximises benefits for the local area to create new retail and workspace, new jobs and a better town centre.
The former industrial area of Hackney Wick has been given a new lease of life after the London 2012 Olympics and is now home to some 250 artist studios and around 100 creative businesses.
However, its popularity means future change needs to be managed to ensure it brings opportunities for these businesses and local residents.
The Council and the London Legacy Development Corporation has agreed a dedicated masterplan for part of the area, which puts planning rules in place to control what development can happen and ensure that genuinely affordable workspace for existing small businesses is provided in new buildings.
We are also refurbishing some of our own buildings to provide temporary affordable workspace, ensuring that small businesses being relocated due to redevelopment can remain in the area until new buildings are completed.
The Council is working to create new affordable workspace across the borough to support the small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs that are key to Hackney’s local economy as prices rise and availability becomes more scarce.
The Council also produces an approved workspace provider list to ensure developers who are providing new commercial space work with a reputable organisation to operate workspace in new developments. This list is also available to small businesses trying to find premises in the borough.
London is one of the world’s top three fashion cities, and Hackney has a historic role in the fashion industry, clothing manufacture and design. The Council supports this industry so that more residents can benefit from jobs, training and expanding local fashion businesses.
Key projects include:
- Fashion Technology Emerging Futures: a European Union-funded project to support fashion and tech businesses develop and collaborate
- Hackney Walk and the Stitch Academy: A development of fashion outlet stores as part of the regeneration of Hackney Central, with charitable objectives to deliver new jobs, training, workspace, bursaries, pop-up space, public workshops and an equipment lab for fashion design and production
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