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Consultations: Conservation and urban design

Current consultations

Conservation areas in and around Whitechapel

The council is consulting on revised character appraisals and management plans for five conservation areas in and around Whitechapel.   

Conservation areas are parts of our local environment with special architectural or historic qualities.  They are created by the council, in consultation with the local community, to preserve and enhance the specific character of these areas for everybody.  The character appraisal and management plans provide a detailed description of the architectural and historic character of each of the conservation areas.   They also set out on how this character should be preserved and enhanced. 

The revised documents are intended to replace previous character appraisals and management guidelines that were drawn up over ten years ago.  The new documents respond to the physical changes that have taken place in the conservation areas over this period, and to changes in national and local planning policy and guidance.  In response to these changes, the council is proposing to amend the boundaries of each of the conservation areas; removing some areas and adding others. 

The revised character appraisals and management plans, including details of the proposed boundary changes can be viewed here:

Consultation will take place from Monday 11 February to Sunday 24 March 2019.

Two drop-in sessions are being held where the consultation documents will be displayed and council officers will be available to answer questions:

 

Date and time

Venue

Thursday 21 February 2019

17.00 to 20.00

Lab 1A, Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road 
London E1 1BU

Tuesday 5 March 2019

14.00 to 17.00

Conference Room, Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road 
London E1 1BU

 

Written comments on the proposals can be sent to us by email at:

placeshaping@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

You can also write to us at the following postal address:

The Place Shaping Team
Place Directorate, Strategic Planning
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
London
E14 2BG

Comments must be received by the Sunday 24 March 2019 to ensure consideration.  If you have any questions regarding the proposals you can write to the addresses above or call the planning hotline on 020 7364 5000.

Proposed additions to the local list

The council is proposing to add a number of buildings to its local list.  The list identifies locally important heritage assets that are valued by the local community.  Buildings are added to the local list in recognition of their value as irreplaceable historic assets which contribute to the quality of the local environment by enhancing the street scene and sustaining a sense of distinctiveness.

The council is proposing these additions in response to requests made by the local community.  We are, therefore, proposing to add thirty seven public houses (and some adjoining buildings) to the local list.  We are also proposing to add four other buildings that were put forward by the community through the council’s local list nomination and selection process (2017).  Details of the proposed additions can be viewed here:

Consultation will take place from Monday 11 February to Sunday 24 March 2019

Two drop-in sessions are being held where the consultation documents will be displayed and council officers will be available to answer questions:

Date and time

Venue

Thursday 21 February 2019

17.00 to 20.00

Lab 1A, Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road 
London E1 1BU

Tuesday 5 March 2019

14.00 to 17.00

Conference Room, Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road 
London E1 1BU

 

Written comments on the proposals can be sent to us by email at:

placeshaping@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

You can also write to us at the following postal address:

The Place Shaping Team
Place Directorate, Strategic Planning
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
London
E14 2BG

Comments must be received by the Sunday 24 March 2019 to ensure consideration.  If you have any questions regarding the proposals you can write to the addresses above or call the planning hotline on 020 7364 5000. 

If you would like to nominate a building for inclusion on the local list, details of how to do this can be found here:

 Please note, however, that nominations made now will not be processed immediately, but will be held on file and considered in autumn 2019 for our next annual nomination shortlist.     

Previous consultations 

Driffield Road and Medway conservation areas

The council consulted on revised character appraisals and management guidelines for the Driffield Road and Medway conservation areas. These documents contained details of how a mansard roof can be sympathetically designed to ensure that harm to the special character and appearance of the conservation areas is minimised. The council also consulted on façade and streetscape enhancement guidance for these two conservation areas. These documents contained details of measures that could accompany planning applications for mansard roof extensions, to help mitigate harm to the historic environment.  These documents were formally adopted by the council at a meeting of Cabinet on 27 June 2017. The adopted documents can be viewed by following the links below: 

Conservation strategy

We consulted on an updated conservation strategy between 11 November 2016 and 2 January 2017. The document sets out a vision for the boroughs heritage and provides a framework to help ensure that plays an influential role in the well-being of Tower Hamlets’ communities and businesses.  The strategy was formally adopted by the council at a meeting of Cabinet on 19 September 2017.

Local list nomination and selection process

We consulted on a local list nomination and selection process between 11 November 2016 and 30 January 2017. The process sets out the criteria which will be used to consider which buildings may be added to the local list and how residents can nominate buildings for inclusion on the list. The process was formally adopted by the council at a meeting of Cabinet on 19 September 2017.