Tetlow King Planning (TKP) has successfully secured a resolution to grant full planning permission for 16 flats and a community study centre in Hackney, London. Local objections and issues over affordable housing were addressed in the application.
The site, in Clapton Common (Zone 3), consists of a pair of semi-detached dwellings that were once used as a hotel. The site had fallen into disrepair and our clients, Leygrant, sought to demolish the dwellings and erect a seven-storey building containing 16 flats, primarily 2 and 3 bed units.
The area has a significant Jewish population and Leygrant also wanted to provide a facility for this local community, principally for local residents to study and discuss religious and cultural texts and topics.
The Council raised initial concerns about the design of the building, its proximity to a protected tree, cycle parking and the potential for noise from the study centre, as well as a lack of affordable housing.
Working with Oaten Architecture, Quinn Ross (energy and day/sunlight), affordablehousing106 (viability) and Arboricultural Solutions (trees), TKP were able to demonstrate that that the design and location of the building was appropriate, that there would be no unacceptable disturbance to neighbours and that it would not be viable to provide affordable housing, notwithstanding an earlier approval that included some affordable units.
Following negotiation, the Council’s planners were convinced and recommended approval. Hackney Council’s Planning Committee agreed with its officers and unanimously supported the application at its meeting in June 2019.