Result of public consultation published

Tower Hamlets have published the results of the public consultation inviting responses to their “addendums to the character appraisal and management guidelines for the Chapel House, Driffield Road, Fairfield Road, Jesus Hospital Estate, Medway, Tredegar Square, Victoria Park and York Square conservation areas.”

We posted news of the consultation here. Tower Hamlets provide details here. The summary of residents’ responses to the consultation is now available here.

As we understand it, the council has yet to publish the final decisions so we are sharing an email we have received that indicates the Jesus Hospital Estate addendum will be passed as originally drafted.

Dear Sir or Madam

Draft guidance for roof and rear extensions in eight conservation areas and accompanying guidelines for mansard roofs

Following a request from some residents the Council consulted last year on some changes to planning guidance concerning home extensions in eight of its conservation areas. The Council proposed to adopt these changes in the form of addendums to the character appraisal and management guidelines for the Chapel House, Driffield Road, Fairfield Road, Jesus Hospital Estate, Medway, Tredegar Square, Victoria Park and York Square conservation areas. The Council also produced a draft note providing guidance on the design of mansard roofs in conservation areas. These documents were the subject of a public consultation between 23 November 2015 and 18 January 2016. The results of this consultation have now been published on the Council’s website:

http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/Documents/Planning-and-building-control/Development-control/Conservation-areas/Summary_of_consultation_responses.pdf

Council officers have carefully considered all of the consultation responses that were received and have presented their findings to the Mayor. Having considered the outcome of the public consultation, and other feedback he has received, the Mayor has decided that the addendums for six of the conservation areas should be adopted as proposed. Some minor alterations will be made to account for the few factual errors that were identified through the consultation. These six conservation areas are Chapel House, Fairfield Road, Jesus Hospital, Tredegar Square, Victoria Park and York Square. The addendums for these areas will now be adopted by summer 2016. In the meantime, planning applications in these areas will continue to be determined on their own merit in accordance with the Council’s current planning policy and guidance.

For the remaining two conservation areas, Driffield Road and Medway, the Mayor has taken the view that the draft addendums should be revised with a view to enabling a more permissive approach to roof extensions. Options for the delivery of this new more permissive approach are now being developed and a further public consultation will take place in summer 2016. Adoption of revised addendums to the conservation area character appraisals and management guidelines, which will enable this more permissive approach, is planned for autumn 2016. In the meantime, planning applications in these areas will continue to be determined on their own merit in accordance with the Council’s current planning policy and guidance.

We will be updating our website with relevant information relating to the new public consultation in due course.

Yours faithfully

The Place Shaping Team

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