New conservation area in Hackney

Hackney Council has designated a new conservation area around the Victorian St Mark’s Church in St Mark’s Rise.

Following consultation with residents, the Council designated the conservation area to protect the area’s special architectural and historic interest.

It has also brought in enhanced planning controls to protect the distinctive character of the new St Mark’s and existing De Beauvoir Conservation Areas.

This is the first time the controls, known as Article 4 Directions, have been used in conservation areas in Hackney. They 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.

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

The Council has also adopted Conservation Area Appraisals for St Mark’s and De Beauvoir – illustrated documents describing the history and significance of each area and detailing their special character. The appraisals are treated as supplementary planning guidance and form a material consideration in determining planning applications in the area.