About us

Planting the Orchard, 2007
We live in Hackney, in North East London.

The Shakespeare Neighbourhood Residents’ Association was founded early 2006 by Shakespeare neighbours Keith Magnum and Annie Wilson, in response to local concerns about street trees and the well-being of nearby Butterfield Green.

Since then, we have been very active, and have been working hard with Hackney Parks, Julie Brown from Growing Communities, Clissold Ward Safer Neighbourhoods Police Team, Shakespeare Walk Adventure Playground Association and St Mungo’s (Church Walk), amongst others.  Click here to view our Constitution (revised 2009).

If you’d like more info, have a question or would like to join, please email us at 101darnations@gmail.com

We frequently comment on planning applications in the area. In May 2008, we drew up a statement about what we feel local planning priorities should be and sent it to Hackney Council. Here it is:
We want a varied urban landscape, including residential and business use. We will therefore work to ensure that Allen Road and other areas retain their shops and workshops. We want ‘live/work’ spaces to include a genuine ‘work’ element.

We want a green landscape with open spaces, including private as well as public. We will probably, therefore, oppose planning applications to build on areas of private garden space (for example in Church Walk). We will, of course, continue to support Butterfield Green in a variety of ways.

We want architecture that is high-quality and that enhances the character of the area. We may well support (or at least not object to) planning applications for loft conversions, mansard roof extensions, single-storey extensions on ‘side returns’ (the side space at the rear of many houses) providing they are of good design and respect the character and proportion of the area.

We want a mix of residential properties, including owner-occupied family-sized houses, owner-occupied flats, privately rented flats and a variety of social housing properties. We may not, therefore, support planning applications to divide up houses into flats. We expect residential developments (of a certain size) to include a social housing element. We will resist any attempts by the council to sell council-owned properties.

We support the creation of affordable housing. We will generally support new housing for low-income residents (but not high-volume or high-price housing). Creative conversions of estate spaces such as former ‘drying areas’ may receive our support.

We want clean, safe and attractive streets. We would therefore expect all new planning proposals to include appropriate facilities for rubbish and recycling bins. We will support initiatives to create safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists through road calming measures. We will probably object to applications for off-road parking. We prefer simpler ‘streetscapes’ without excessive numbers of signs, fences etc.