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Tottenham neighbourhood gets special planning rules to prevent large family homes ‘spoiling’ area

06:30 03 November 2013

The new planning guidance aims to help large families live together without spoiling the local environment. Picture: Getty/Matt Cardy

The new planning guidance aims to help large families live together without spoiling the local environment. Picture: Getty/Matt Cardy

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New planning guidelines that will help protect a vast swathe of Tottenham from inappropriate home extensions by large families have been rubber-stamped by Haringey Council.

Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, cabinet member for planning and enforcement.Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, cabinet member for planning and enforcement.

All properties in a specific area of South Tottenham will now be subject to a further layer of planning guidelines if families want to extend their homes. The move is a further bid to help protect the privacy of neighbours.

The guidelines were developed following extensive consultation with residents in the area, many of whom wanted to extend their homes to keep generations of family together, while others were concerned about inconsistent housing and poorly constructed extensions.

The new supplementary planning document (SPD):

· Allows for rooftop extensions on single houses rather than only on pairs of neighbouring homes;

· Provides a stronger steer to residents on how to comply with planning policies designed to maintain a consistent appearance for the neighbourhood;

· Reiterates that rear extensions – which can impact on neighbours’ privacy, gardens and light – are not permitted;

· Makes clear that the new rules on extensions do not apply to flats or houses in multiple occupation.

The defined area is bounded by Crowland Road to the north, Markfield Park and the River Lee to the east, Craven Park Road to the south and Tottenham High Road to the west, excluding the High Road’s conservation area.

Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, cabinet member for planning and enforcement, said: “These new rules create a framework for large extended families who want to remain in the community, while making sure that the appearance of Victorian terraces is protected and garden spaces are not spoilt.

“We’ve listened carefully to residents in south Tottenham. We’re confident that the SPD strikes the right balance and we will fairly implement the policy for everyone’s benefit.

“This document marks an important step forward in meeting a range of concerns held by residents and our own planning team.”

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