Thursday, 7 May 2009

Improving planning rules in Hackney

Hackney Council has adopted new planning guidance to help improve the quality of planning applications for extensions and alterations to private homes.

The Residential Alterations and Extensions Supplementary Planning Document was approved by Hackney's Full Council.

The guidance aims to balance new development with the desire to respect the historic character of the borough, and ensure there are clear guidelines that protect neighbours from matters such as overlooking and loss of light.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Labour's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “This new planning guidance is the product of an extensive consultation and provides clear advice to all who may wish to add extensions or make alterations to their homes. It provides residents, architects and developers alike with a clear understanding of what is considered quality development for our homes."

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