Have your say on proposed Hackney Road Conservation Area

HACKNEY residents are being invited to have their say on a proposed new Conservation Area for Hackney 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 proposed conservation area and on a draft Conservation Area Appraisal, which describes the historic development of the area.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “Conservation areas are an important way of identifying and recognising our borough’s heritage, capturing a cross section of the best surviving examples of different aspects of development such as housing, industrial areas and open spaces.

“Conservation areas are designed to actively encourage high quality contemporary development which is sympathetic to the area’s heritage and built environment.”

Hackney Council is proposing to designate the new Hackney Road Conservation Area covering the north side of Hackney Road that lies within the borough. The new conservation area would complement the area to the south of Hackney Road, which is in Tower Hamlets, that has already been designated as a separate conservation area.

The proposed Conservation Area runs from Waterson Street in the south, takes in the area around Haggerston Park, and then runs along Goldsmith’s Row, and up to Whiston Road on the northern boundary.

If approved, this will be the borough’s 28th conservation area.

The draft Conservation Area Appraisal explains how Hackney Road developed over time. It includes nineteenth century maps and early photographs to show how the area evolved from fields and farmland in the eighteenth century. It describes the early Georgian houses and shops and the development of retailers and trades, including furniture making, that established themselves in East London. It also includes the history of Haggerston Park, describing its unique features, such as the popular Hackney City Farm, the long walk, the new tennis courts and sports centre.

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 Monday to Friday at 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT.

Visit our website – to view the draft document.

Visit a Library –
Copies of the document are available to view at –
Hackney Central Library, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Tel: 020 8356 4359

Shoreditch Library, Hoxton Street, N1 6LP
Tel: 020 8356 4350

Speak to a Conservation Officer on –
Tel: 020 8356 7734

How to have your say:
Email us at – stating ‘Hackney Road Conservation Area Appraisal’ as the subject.

Write to us or hand deliver to – Conservation Area Consultation, Sustainability, Urban Design and Conservation Team, Hackney Council, 263 Mare Street, London E8 3HT.

The closing date for receipt of comments is 4.30pm Thursday 23 April 2009.

What happens next?
Following consultation the draft designation and document will be reviewed based on comments received. The Conservation Area and Appraisal will be discussed at a Cabinet meeting later in 2009 where it will be decided whether or not to make this area around Hackney Road a Conservation Area.