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, we have 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.

Next steps

The consultation is now closed and we have reviewed the feedback. We have considered all the comments received and amended the document. As part of a pre-publication period, consultees who originally made representations as part of the public consultation now have the opportunity to consider and comment on the amendments made to the revised masterplan, in response to the consultation feedback received. 

Stoke Newington Town Hall planning and design guidance consultation

We are working on a new planning and design guidance document for Stoke Newington Town Hall, library and surrounds, which will outline how we plan to shape and improve the complex and secure a more sustainable future for these important community and heritage assets. We've now completed our first draft of the planning and design document.

If you're a resident or business owner, we'd like your opinion on our draft proposals to open up vacant and underused parts of the complex to bring in new uses and fund vital maintenance work.

Have your say

The consultation closes on 14 August. You can find copies of the questionnaire at Stoke Newington Public Library and you can also email any comments to deliveryteam@hackney.gov.uk or call 020 8356 1318 to talk to a planning officer.

Alternatively, speak to planning officers at one of our drop-in events in the foyer of Stoke Newington Library on:

  • Tuesday 27 June, 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday 12 July, 12 noon-2pm
  • Wednesday 26 July, 2pm-4pm

Next steps

When the consultation closes we will review the feedback and amend the document accordingly, finalising the document and taking it to adoption.

Sustainable design and construction supplementary planning document (2016)

This SPD was adopted by the Council 20 July 2016 and provides guidance on how sustainable design and construction can be embedded into developments in Hackney. It articulates the issues that have been judged to be the most important and matters that should be taken into account and incorporated into any scheme in order to maximise sustainable design in future developments within Hackney.

The objective of this SPD is to provide well designed buildings with sustainability measures incorporated up-front, that will provide carbon and financial benefits throughout the lifetime of the building. It is intended that this document be used by all parties involved in the development process, from initial design through to construction and final delivery of the building. This is reiterated in the Council's sustainable design led approach.

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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