Clear guidance for property extensions in Hackney

Hackney Council has adopted new planning guidance to help improve the quality of planning applications for extensions and alterations to private homes.

The Residential Alterations and Extensions Supplementary Planning Document was approved by Full Council at a meeting last night (Wed 29 April).

The guidance aims to balance new development with the desire to respect the historic character of the borough, and ensure there are clear guidelines that protect neighbours from matters such as overlooking and loss of light.

The supplementary planning document provides clear, consistent and relevant guidance borough-wide for all residents.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “This new planning guidance is the product of an extensive consultation and provides clear advice to all who may wish to add extensions or make alterations to their homes. It provides residents, architects and developers alike with a clear understanding of what is considered quality development for our homes.

“The guidance recognises the many different architectural styles that are found in the borough and provides a clear and easy to understand set of architectural solutions. It enables extensions and alterations to come forward that are both practical and considerate, for example ensuring neighbours are not overlooked.

“The guidance is also there to ensure that the Planning Service can provide you with a consistent and professional service when you make your planning application.”