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Petitioning Department of Communities and Local Government Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP Secretary of State

Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP (@EricPickles): Exempt Hackney from New Planning Laws #SaveTechCity


Proposed changes to planning rules could see the end to London's Tech City.

Over recent years small start-up creative and technology enterprises have been attracted to East London and the area around Old Street roundabout. Affordable rents and office space has led to a thriving tech and creative scene – often referred to as Tech City.

But this is under threat.

Proposed new planning regulations are being brought in across the UK. The rules are intended to make it easier for commercial space to be converted into residential space. However the unintended consequences of this legislation in Hackney will see small and growing businesses squeezed out of the area to make way for developers to build luxury apartments.

It could mean the end of Tech City.

The tech and creative community around Hackney is providing jobs and growth to London and the UK, but without affordable office space businesses will be forced out of the area. This comes just as many companies are reaching the point where they are looking to move out of co-working spaces and into their own offices. Affordable office space is essential to keep the community.

This petition is calling on Hackney to be exempt from these new planning rules. An exemption for Hackney would continue to ensure that the tech and creative start-ups who have made East London their home will be able to continue contribute to the growth of the area and to the UK.

Sign this petition and help #SaveTechCity

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