Comment on proposed new Conservation Area

HACKNEY residents are being invited to have their say on a proposed new Conservation Area around Northwold Road and Cazenove Road.

The Council is proposing the Conservation Area to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of this historic area.

Over the next four weeks, the Council is consulting on the proposal and on a draft Conservation Area Appraisal, which describes the historic development of the area.

Fiona Fletcher Smith, Corporate Director for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration, said: “Conservation areas are important. They help to preserve and enhance the borough s built heritage, including housing, our industrial heritage, open spaces and town centres. Conservation areas give residents and developers the opportunity to help shape their neighbourhood with high quality new developments.”

The area around Northwold Road and Cazenove Road was identified by the Council, English Heritage and a number local amenity groups as an area of special architectural and historic interest which clearly merits Conservation Area status.

This unique residential area displays a fine example of a planned mid to late Victorian suburb. The distinct character of the area has developed from the consistently good and finely detailed houses that line its streets.

Together with the open spaces, its ‘leafy’ quality contributes to the area’s special interest. Another significant asset is the green and pleasant front gardens that have largely survived in many streets.

Most of the houses retain their original features such as timber sash windows and coloured glass, with those houses to the north of the area having more ornate bay windows and joinery details.

The external decoration of these Victorian homes, such as decorative mouldings and stringcourses, plaster heads, different types of bay windows and door surrounds abound in the area.

These features emphasise the fashion of the day and the subtle changes in taste of developers, tenants and owners. The distinctive street pattern is a product of historic property boundaries and pathways. The area retains many desirable streets where people still want to live their lives.

How to find out more

• Visit the Planning Reception: speak with the Duty Planning Officer and view the draft document between 8.30am and 5.30pm at 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT
• Visit the website: to view the draft document
• Speak to a Conservation Officer: phone 020 8356 8089
• Visit a Library: copies of the document are available to view at Hackney Central Library, Reading Lane, and Clapton Library, Northwold Road

Have your say

• E-mail: stating ‘Northwold and Cazenove Conservation Area Appraisal’ as the subject
• Write: Conservation Area Consultation, Sustainability and Design Team, Hackney Council, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT
• Comments must be received by 4.30pm on Tuesday, 27 May 2008.