over 5 years ago
Do you think the emerging masterplan proposals are a positive improvement to the local area?
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The development should extend to the unused triangle of rail land to the west and and continued via a bridge to the East Bank. Mayor Khan is looking to use unused TfL land for residential development and this could be incorporated, at least future proofing in the development should be incorporated so this is not precluded in the future.
Ground floors should be social housing for disabled. It would create a local population who's experience and expertise could be drawn upon by the Disability Innovation Hub, Scope at Here East and Cancer UK at IQL and serve as an exemplar to the world of what a post Paralympic legacy should be.
Considering the heritage of the area and the IQL naming strategy, what name would you give to the residential arrival point (currently Northern Gateway)?
Cloud Gate, with the towers named after clouds in recognition of Luke Howard the namer of clouds who's factory was on Blaker road to the south.
It's good the area is being developed to bring Stratford City to prominence but I have to agree with the other commenter here: There doesn't seem to be much care taken to consider the new development's practicality for all of the income groups that define Stratford's demographics.
Gentrification, for all of its uplifting tenets, is quite frankly tearing Stratford apart by setting such a high bar for access, which will be resented by long established residents of the area who are the real community here, not to mention the growing homeless population which will no doubt spill into these shiny new areas - https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/nearly-100-people-a-night-sleeping-rough-in-stratford-centre-shopping-mall-a3858446.html
Affordable residential areas need to be the first moral step to bridging the societal stratification that has resulted from the aggressive Olympic legacy development. There are still many apartments in Glasshouse Gardens that have been dedicated to the local community but are still yet to be occupied because they are not realistically priced for Stratford locals. Meanwhile, Newham council is bleeding away money to maintain these dead spaces.
In terms of businesses, more small and local brands that are priced competitively and can give the big players at Westfield a run for their money are much needed to redress the balance.
IQL needs to work with the wider community to make this new area much more inclusive than the dissonant realities these fancy proposals same to create.
This whole exercise seems to be driven by the marketing department - using words like "vibrant" and "community led" are pointless when nothing is been done to resolve the basic issues. For example a letter box (the nearest post-office is a good 10 minute walk away) and a branch of Lidl (rather than expensive fast food chains) and maybe an Oxfam bookshop would be more useful then some bar and "community space".