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GOOD OFFICE JOBS OR BURGER FLIPPERS?

Dear SCA Supporters,

We’re writing to urge all to oppose the conversion of valuable office space into a fast food outlet.  See below for links to an easy objection.  OBJECTIONS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED IMMEDIATELY.

The application is to convert 13 Boundary Street – at the intersection of Boundary and Old Nichol – from its current use as an small office into a burger joint.  The application is HERE, as well as the GROUND floor and BASEMENT plans.  Note the multiple deep-fat fryers and the liquor storage cage. 

The SCA’s Planning Committee strongly recommends that residents object to this change of use.  The suggested plans:
  • Remove vital small office-space, driving out the creative industries that made the neighbourhood attractive in the first place;
  • Substitute buger-flippers in place of high-valued office jobs;
  • Bring a fast-food joint into a residential area, creating noise, smells, crowds and mess on a quiet corner, underneath childrens’ bedrooms;
  • Clash with the existing high-end food, retail and hotel in the area;
  • Inevitably bring yet more alcohol into the neighbourhood;
  • Result in a loss of privacy for surrounding residents; and
  • Are out of character with the conservation area
If you are of a like mind, it’s simple to object.  Click HERE to get started or send an e-mail to planning@hackney.gov.uk).  Suggested text for both is below.
 
The choice is stark:  a vibrant, diverse future...or (yet more) burgers and fries. 
 
Sincerely,
The Shoreditch Community Association


SUGGESTED TEXT:
To:  Hackney Planning
Re:  Planning Application 2015/0365, 13 Boundary Street Hackney London E2 7JE
 
I write to object to this proposed change of use.  I believe that the suggested plans:
 
- Remove vital small office-space, driving out the creative industries that made the neighbourhood attractive in the first place;
- Substitute high-valued office jobs for burger-flippers, a breach of Hackney policy discouraging conversion from Class B-usage to Class A-usage;
- Bring an unwanted fast-food burger joint into a residential neighbourhood, creating noise, smells, crowds and mess on a quiet corner, underneath childrens’ bedrooms;
- Clash with the existing high-end food, retail and hotel in the area;
- Inevitably bring yet more alcohol into the neighbourhood;
- Result in a loss of privacy for surrounding residents; and
- Are out of character with the conservation area.
 
The Shoreditch night-time economy is over-developed, resulting in significant issues with violence, vomiting, urination, defecation, drug use and unsociable conduct late into the night.  The addition of a fast-food joint would add to this overwhelming problem. 
 
What the neighbourhood needs most is – in fact – what was taken away from this site, ie good small office space.  
 
If this application will be going to the Planning Sub-Committee I would like to be advised of the date. 
 
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