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Overwhelming planning support for Hackney dock scheme

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands' (LDS') £20 million mixed-use Paradise Dock project has won the blessing of Hackney planners.

The 0.6ha riverside scheme for Phoenix Logistics is understood to have impressed Hackney because it promises to rejuvenate historic docks which form part of the newly created Lea Bridge Conservation Area.

It will offer 132 flats contained in a quartet of new buildings and two smaller infill structures.

Crucially, the design will include the restoration and conversion of a Grade II-listed school building and a former carbonic gas works into commercial units.

According to LDS associate director Adrian Bower, sensitive water-based landscaping will reinstate the original Paradise Dock at the heart of the scheme. The dock itself will be just 300mm deep to allow basement parking beneath.

He said: 'We have adopted a conservation-led approach which will reinstate the historic dock at the heart of what will be a vibrant new residential community.

'So supportive was Hackney's planning committee that the chair asked that a condition be attached that we be retained to the completion of the scheme,' he added.

by Clive Walker

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