Though many Londoners are only just starting to realise what the area has to offer, Hackney Wick and Fish Island has been quietly innovating for centuries. Featuring the first dry cleaners and the world’s first synthetic plastic, the area a hundred years ago was a thriving Victorian industrial suburb catering for a huge range of chemical industries.
Now many of those same buildings are used by hundreds of artists, designers, digital specialists and creative thinkers to develop a powerhouse for a new kind of economy. Cooperative workspaces, quirky bars and cafes, public artworks and a vibrant nightlife make this one of the capital’s most existing communities.
We will build on this heritage with the development of two new neighbourhoods on the Park – Sweetwater and East Wick, which sit just across the canal. At the same time, Here East will extend the area’s creative and tech industries with one of the UK’s largest datacentres, unparalleled network connectivity as well as studio space and facilities for entrepreneurs.
West of the Lea Navigation, there are many opportunities for new development and funding has been secured to upgrade Hackney Wick Station and make it more accessible. We will be working closely with the local community as these changes happen. Using our planning powers positively to help shape new development we are looking at how best to use these powers to help change happen while protecting the most important buildings and areas of historic value , including considering the potential for extending the existing conservation areas.