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Hackney Marshes 30 events plan shelved by council

Hackney Marshes
Image caption In 2012, 30,000 people attended BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend on the marshes

A plan to apply for permission for up to 30 events a year on Hackney Marshes in east London has been shelved.

Hackney Council wanted to host the events every year between May and August for the next five years.

But the council said following a public consultation in which 389 people out of 513 objected, it decided not to submit the plans to the planning inspectorate.

The main objections included the effect on grass and wildlife, accessibility and an excessive number of events.

'Great concern'

Hackney Council said the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) permission would have enabled them to host the events between 1 May and 31 August each year.

It had proposed hosting a maximum of three major, three large and four medium-sized events on the marshes, as well as 15 small events and five with amplified music each year.

Following the consultation the council said: "We have listened very carefully to people's concerns and as a result we will not be submitting the PINS application on this occasion.

"We realise that by proposing blanket permission for a number of events across the summer, we caused great concern as the nature of any event would be unknown."

The council said it would continue to consider event applications on an individual basis.

In 2012, 30,000 people attended BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend which was held on the marshes.

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