Hackney Council adopts character appraisal for Sun Street Conservation Area

A character appraisal for the Sun Street Conservation Area in Shoreditch has been adopted by Hackney Council – setting out for the first time the key historic and townscape interest of the area.

The adoption follows a formal public consultation as part of the Council’s review of conservation areas across the borough.

Cllr Guy Nichlson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “South Shoreditch has a thriving mixed use economy that derives its success in a large part from the legacy of historic buildings and streets. This character appraisal is key to managing change in a way that encourages continuing economic activity whilst also protecting the architectural legacy that makes the area so attractive.”

He added: “The key to achieving this balance lies in a clear policy framework, based on a robust assessment of the character of the area, that encourages high quality, large scale development in the edge of city areas, whilst also ensuring that development within conservation areas reflects the prevailing scale, character and form identified within these detailed conservation area appraisals.”

The illustrated document describes the history and significance of the area and details its special character. The appraisal is treated as supplementary planning guidance and forms a material consideration in determining planning applications in the area.

South Shoreditch is an area with a thriving mixed use economy that derives its success in a large part from the legacy of historic buildings and streets bequeathed by the furniture and printing trades that dominated the area for nearly one hundred years.

The Sun Street Conservation Area was designated in 1987, and it occupies the southernmost part of the borough on the boundary with the City of London. The conservation area is a mixture of remnants of early nineteenth century commercial and residential buildings, late nineteenth and early twentieth century industrial workshops and warehouses, and mid-late twentieth century office buildings.

The buildings of principal interest include the Grade II listed Flying Horse pub, the Wilson Street Chapel and 5-15 Sun Street, a remnant of an early nineteenth century residential terrace.

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