Have your say on Conservation Areas

HACKNEY residents are being invited to have their say on Conservation Areas in St Mark’s and De Beauvoir.

The Council is proposing to designate the area surrounding St Mark’s Church and St Mark’s Rise a new Conservation Area.

It is also proposing tighter planning controls to protect the distinctive character of the proposed St Mark’s and existing De Beauvoir Conservation Areas.

If the tighter controls are adopted, it will be the first time such powers have been used in Conservation Areas in Hackney.

This would require planning permission to be granted for certain alterations or work which is currently allowed without applying for planning permission, such as changing windows and doors, adding porches and removing garden walls to provide off-street parking.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, said: “Conservation areas are an important part of our borough’s heritage, representing a cross section of the best surviving examples of different aspects of development from housing, industrial areas, open spaces and town centres.

“This public consultation gives residents and other interested parties a chance to help shape, protect and enhance their neighbourhoods.”