Supplementary planning documents 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:


S106 planning contributions SPD 2020

Planning obligations are legal agreements that we make with developers to mitigate the negative effects of a development which would otherwise be unacceptable in planning terms.

They can be used to:

  • prescribe what type of development takes place, by requiring a certain amount of affordable housing in a residential project, for example; or
  • obtain contributions towards infrastructure from a developer in order to lessen a project’s impact, or to compensate for loss or damage.

The Planning Obligations SPD 2020 supersedes the Planning Obligations SPD 2015. This was seen as necessary because of significant changes to the policy context surrounding planning obligations in the National Planning Policy Framework and Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations (2019 as amended) which have redefined the way in which developers are expected to contribute to community infrastructure.

The Planning Obligations SPD was adopted on the 23 July 2020 and is a material consideration for future planning applications.

Dalston SPD

We are at the very early stages of producing a new Dalston SPD, also referred to as the Dalston Plan, which will support the delivery of the growth strategy set out in the local plan 2033 (LP33). The LP33 and the Dalston plan, once adopted, will supersede the current Dalston area action plan (adopted 2013). The next stage of the project is to produce a first draft of the Dalston plan. There will be a public consultation later on this year for an opportunity to provide feedback.

St Mary’s Lodge planning brief

The St Mary’s Lodge planning brief SPD was adopted by the Council on 18 December.

It aims to shape the restoration of St Mary’s Lodge to ensure this important locally listed building is preserved and sympathetically restored to its former glory, and puts forward options for the redevelopment of the building and the wider site. We’re anticipating that the redevelopment will be led by a community use, such as education, with some potential for residential development.

Hackney Central and surrounds masterplan supplementary planning document (2017)

This supplementary planning document (SPD) was adopted by the Council on 19 June 2017 and 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 in Hackney Central, to ensure that any changes reflect local aspirations for the future of the area.

The 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 and/or redevelopment of key sites together with public realm enhancements. The delivery of these objectives and aspirations will help facilitate socio-economic growth, environmental improvements and significant regeneration in and around Hackney Central and beyond.

Stoke Newington Town Hall planning and design guidance consultation

The guidance was approved by the Council’s cabinet on 27 November 2017.

Many parts of the complex are currently either vacant or underused and there’s an opportunity to intensify and introduce new uses to make better use of these important cultural and heritage assets, and generate income to offset ongoing maintenance costs.

The guidance outlines how we plan to shape and improve the complex and secure a more sustainable future for the buildings, setting out key planning and design parameters for any future refurbishment or redevelopment proposals that come forward. The document was approved after two rounds of public consultation and a robust evidence base had been collected.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shopfront design guide

Page updated on: 20 June 2022

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