Hackney Wick Conservation area

MQT on 2013-12-18
Session date: 
December 18, 2013
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you consider extending the conservation area in Hackney Wick as a way of protecting, nurturing and developing the existing character of the area, as has been done at Creekside in Deptford?


Answer for Hackney Wick Conservation area

Answer for Hackney Wick Conservation area

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Yes, Andrew.  We are indeed looking at extending this conservation area and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) is consulting on it at the moment.  My own view is that there are lots of wonderful buildings that need to be preserved.


Andrew Boff (AM):  I welcome that, Mr Mayor.  In fact, I am a bit wrong-footed on this question because the announcement of this expansion of the conservation area came after I had submitted the actual question, so I am very pleased that has happened.  Can I also ask you to realise it is not just about preservation of buildings?  There is an essential creative hub at Hackney Wick which predated the Olympics that we need to preserve and the conservation area should aim to do that so it can be both economically vital and yet the character can be conserved at the same time.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I agree and much of the long-term attraction of the area will be in the fusion between new investment and new development and the preservation of historic buildings, in many cases, historic industrial buildings.


Andrew Boff (AM):  I outlined in a report I produced of this last year called Radically Normal the benefits of having very high quality developments on the Olympic site and that there is ultimately a payback for that.  I know you have cast your eye over that and that the proposal by Stock Woolstencroft for their Hackney Wick plans are an obscene carbuncle and you should reject them out of hand, though you probably cannot say that in this forum.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I probably cannot because they may come before me, so I will have ‑‑


Andrew Boff (AM):  Absolutely.  I would just like you to look at those plans and have in mind high quality conservation and then you will probably come to the conclusion I have.  Thank you, Mr Mayor.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Thank you.


Darren Johnson (Chair):  Thank you.  We will then move on to the next question.