Supplementary planning documents (SPD) and other planning guidance


Supplementary planning documents will be produced to support existing policy found in development plan documents. SPD that are adopted or currently under development are listed below:

Draft Hackney Central and surrounds masterplan

The draft Hackney Central and surrounds masterplan sets out how we - with feedback from residents and other stakeholders- want to see the area improved. It gives landowners and developers a set of guidelines to work within, and when finalised, will allow us to try to work with them to try to realise these ambitions.

While the area has attracted significant investment in recent years, it has the potential to become an even greater place to live, work, shop and spend time, increasing employment opportunities and providing new homes.

The draft masterplan seeks to the deliver the objectives and aspirations set out in the current planning and development framework, which includes the Hackney Central area action plan (AAP). The AAP, which was adopted in 2012, sets out a strategy for coordinated development and design, to ensure that any changes reflect local aspirations for the future of the area. The draft masterplan builds on this framework and sets out how these objectives and aspirations can be delivered in today's context and identifies a series of improvements including the refurbishment or redevelopment of key sites, or public realm improvements.

Because the draft masterplan is a technical planning and design guidance document, the Council has produced a summary document which summarises the purpose of the draft masterplan; sets out the benefits the masterplan could bring out; and highlights key projects identified in the draft masterplan.

What is happening now?

We are now consulting on the draft masterplan and wants to hear your views on some of the key projects.

Have your say

You can also have your say by:

  • visiting one of the borough's libraries and collecting a questionnaire and using the FREEPOST envelope to return the completed questionnaire to us
  • calling us on 020 8356 1318
  • emailing
  • coming along to one of the following 'drop-in' sessions
    • Thursday 20 October at 2pm - 5pm at the bottom of the Narrow Way (opposite Marks and Spencers)
    • Tuesday 1 November at 10am - 1pm at Hackney Central Library
    • Thursday 10 November at 3pm - 6pm at the junction of Mare Street and Westgate Street (outside Space Studios)

The opportunity to have your say on this consultation is open until 14 November 2016.

Next steps

Following the consultation, we will consider the comments received and amend the document. The final masterplan will then be adopted / published early 2017.

Stoke Newington Town Hall planning and design guidance consultation

The Council is in the initial stages of developing a new planning and design guidance document which, once drafted, will outline how the Council plans to shape and improve Stoke Newington Town Hall, Library and surrounds and secure a more sustainable future for these important community and heritage assets.

Residents and business owners are being asked for their opinions on proposals to open up vacant and underused parts of the Town Hall and Library to fund vital maintenance work. We are aiming to gather people's thoughts and ideas for additional purposes the buildings could be used for, to help shape its draft proposals.

The consultation closing date is 14 November 2016


Have your say (residents)

You can also pick up a copy of the questionnaire at Stoke Newington Library.


Businesses can contribute ideas about specific uses for the space:

Have your say (businesses)

Affordable housing supplementary planning document (2005)

The document forms the basis for negotiations of affordable housing provision on all proposals for residential and mixed use developments in the borough. The output of affordable housing is reviewed yearly in the authority monitoring report.

This interim position statement was noted by the cabinet in July 2011. Upon its adoption, the development management local plan superseded this interim position statement.

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Finsbury Park town centre supplementary planning document (2014)

The Finsbury Park town centre SPD aims to improve the town centre, the station and the surrounding public spaces, create new homes, jobs and training opportunities make the most of the historic buildings and improve links between the town centre and Finsbury Park.

The SPD area falls largely within Islington, but includes parts of Haringey and Hackney. The Hackney area includes the eastern side of Blackstock Road and part of Seven Sisters Road just beyond the junction with Wilberforce Road. Most of this combined area is designated as a District Town Centre in Hackney's adopted core strategy and as secondary shopping frontage in Hackney's adopted development management local plan. 

The Finsbury Park town centre supplementary planning document (SPD) has been adopted by Islington, Haringey and Hackney Councils. Haringey Council adopted the SPD on 25 June 2014, Islington Council adopted the document on 16 July 2014 and Hackney Council adopted the document on 21 July 2014. 

Visit Finsbury Park town centre supplementary planning document (Islington Council) for more information.

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Public realm strategy SPD (2012) 

Adopted by cabinet on 27 February 2012, the SPD should be used when  proposing and evaluating development proposals that impact on the public realm, whether initiated by the public or private sector. 

Residential extensions and alterations supplementary planning document (2009)

The continual adaptation of the existing building stock is an essential part of helping to meet changing demands for housing in an evolving society and a changing community.

It is therefore essential that extensions and alterations to Hackney's buildings enhance and protect the positive qualities and characteristics of both individual dwellings as well as the wider townscape of which they form part.

The SPD provides clear up-to-date, consistent and relevant borough wide guidance, in line with government advice and best practice. It will help in providing applicants with a clearer understanding of the Council's requirements, with the aim of improving the quality of applications and the consistency and speed of decisions, whilst protecting both residential amenity and townscape quality.

Guidance in Chapter 3 for Front Roof Slopes was written after we conducted a detailed street survey.

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South Shoreditch supplementary planning document (2006)

Adopted on 1 February 2006, the SPD identifies a 10 year vision for South Shoreditch and provides clear planning guidance for the area. 

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