No longer ‘illegal’: Homerton hotel wins planning permission appeal


The hotels entrance

The owners of  the beleaguered Silk House hotel on Hassett Road, won their appeal to operate as a hotel.  The decision over rules an enforcement notice  issued by Hackney council in July 2011.

The former convent known as Sacred Heart Lodge and now grade II listed building, was used by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary from 1872  who incorporated it as an orphanage and was at one time a women’s hostel. More recently it has been operating as a no frills low budget bed and breakfast, which has been the centre of  a dispute with a handful of residents on Hassett Road, who have been campaigning to have it closed.

A very delighted Mr Naveen Mir, owner of the hotel, told Hackney Hive “We are very happy with the outcome from the Planning Inspectorate. It has been long awaited and I am glad move along with our plans to develop a world class boutique hotel, deserving of the uniqueness and history of the building.

“We are looking forward to working with locals in the area and again offering ourselves open to dialogue on how we can add something good to the infrastructure of Hackney and make Homerton a better place to live for everyone.

Mr Mir added, “We hope our offer will be accepted, especially by local activists on Hassett Road.”

Although the enforcement notice to cease operating as a hotel has been over-ruled, there are still several conditions the hotel must abide by, which include; a maximum capacity of 30 occupants, to ensure that sustainable travel arrangements are in place and to secure bicycle and waste facilities.

The planning inspector noted in his decision:  “Residents of three dwellings in the vicinity object to the unauthorised use considering it to be a low grade hotel with transient residents and having an effect on traffic. Concern has been expressed over the activities on the site relating to building work, the behaviour of guests, late night noise, littering, abuse from staff, and that children of local families can no longer play in the street due to the presence of strangers.

“Whilst these are no doubt genuine concerns of local residents, the Council has not submitted any evidence to indicate that the level of disturbance is substantial, and persistent to justify dismissing the appeal on the grounds of disturbance to the local residents.

“Although the notice refers to ‘numerous complaints concerning undue noise and disturbance’, no record detailing the frequency and nature of complaints to the Council or to the police has been made available and there has been no response to concern over the fear of crime”.

A small local group named E9 Resident’s has campaigned against the hotel on their road at one point exclaiming “We would prefer squatters”, but refused to comment to Hackney Hive preferring to take to twitter, where they left several cryptic messages.

View Planning Inspectorate full decision.










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4 Responses to "No longer ‘illegal’: Homerton hotel wins planning permission appeal"

  1. It’s great to see someone sticking up for people who are not as powerful as the sectarian croc-wearing nimbys that have decided to take Hackney.

    Of all the groups that have arrived, this boutique farmers market crowd are the most intolerant so far and it is clear that a lot of them have no intention whatsoever of joining in. This is why they go to the pub in groups, sit around tables and don’t talk to anyone outside of their group.

    These people are powerful because they have the education to do politics. Most of them are Russell Group University graduates with high paid jobs that come as a result of going to the ‘right’ university. This homegrown english speaking ‘elite’ separate themselves from the rest of us because they believe they are superior to us.

    Polite request to the Ponserati:

    If you and your friends don’t want to mix, stay at home and have a party. Pubs are for socialising so if you are not going to join in, keep away so you don’t kill the atmosphere like you have killed it at the festivals.

    Comment by mangalpandey on 17/06/2012 at 10:47 am

  2. Thanks for your comment although ease up some withe the Croc reference. I don’t fall into the group you described, but own two pairs of Crocs 🙂

    There does, however appear to be a large disparity and what bothers me is the selfish way they bulldoze themselves and ideas without consideration of the people of Hackney as a whole.

    Comment by Remi Makinde on 19/06/2012 at 9:39 am

  3. It’s not just the people of Hackney as a whole that they bulldoze, they do it worldwide.

    They wanted the Labour Party so they took it. The New Labour politicians were much more aloof and standoffish than Boris and his aristocratic friends which meant that the voters trusted the front men of the international money interests more.

    The poncey pound has the power to change the shops and pubs and they think they are doing everyone a favour.

    I don’t want to be forced to accept their way of life. I want there to be pubs where you can go to have a laugh.

    Fuck the Ponserati. They are boring and they are rude.

    Comment by mangalpandey on 19/06/2012 at 12:41 pm

  4. Great! When I have completed the manifesto for the Hackney Liberation Front I’ll let you know.

    Comment by Remi Makinde on 19/06/2012 at 1:34 pm

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