R-Urban London

Hackney Wick and the New Localism





Stour Space
7 Roach Road
Fish Island
E3 2PA

Can the localism agenda provide a platform for developing a community-led vision for the future of Hackney Wick and Fish Island? Can affordability be protected, gentrification avoided and the area's diverse cultures nurtured?

This session will look at the ways in which the local community can have an impact in key decisions regarding the development, regeneration and conservation of the area. The session is co-organised with Isaac Marrero-Guillamón, Editor of The Wick newspaper and co-editor of The Art of Dissent.

Juliet Can will introduce Stour Space, its history, ethos, aims, challenges and future vision as a social business. Juliet's involvement with Stour Space began as a volunteer consultant supporting the organisation with its fundraising, governance and growth. Her current role as Manager is to develop services, relationships and key strategic goals within Stour Space.

Lee Wilshire. From the 'Right to Build' to 'Community Councils' via 'Neighbourhood Plans', Lee will provide a whistle stop tour of some of the measures introduced by the Localism Act, looking at what they mean for communities. As part of the team at Stour Space, Lee will provide an overview of how they are using aspects of the new legislation in their struggle for sustainability.

Sue Brownill will present findings from an ongoing research on neighbourhood planning in Oxfordshire (Woodcote and Thame) and London (Somers Town and South Bank). The project examines the experiences of these communities, in terms of the extent to which power and control is actually being devolved to localities and the varying capacities of 'neighbourhoods' to engage with the localism agenda.

Oliver Goodhall and Holly Lewis from We Made That will reflect on lessons from their recent project, The Open Office, and what relevance they might have to Hackney Wick. Operating on a walk-in basis, The Open Office was part 'Citizens Urban Advice Bureau' and part functioning practice, and offered an approachable and dynamic forum for public discussions about cities, planning, architecture and communities. The exhibition created a forum to explore topics relating to the 2011 Localism Act and the emergence of neighbourhood planning.

David Knight. Do the coalition government’s planning reforms go far enough in putting planning back into the hands of the people? Is this even their intention? ‘Beyond Localism’ will argue that more fundamental changes must take place if planning is to become something that people understand and use as part of everyday life. The talk will draw on examples of ‘popular planning’ derived from David's ongoing research at the Royal College of Art.

The Session will be followed by a 9.30pm screening of Tom Metcalfe and John Rowley's film 'The Wick' at See Studio

'The Wick - Dispatches from the Isle Wonder': Two film-makers arrive in the post industrial wasteland known as Hackney Wick to document this 'Isle of Wonder' as it falls under the shadow of the Olympic behemoth. You can watch the trailer here

The screening will take place at:
See Studio Exhibition Space
13 Prince Edward Rd
E9 5LX