Neighbours fear roof extensions could spoil conservation area near Victoria Park

PUBLISHED: 17:42 10 April 2017

Driffield Road [Google streetscene]

Driffield Road [Google streetscene]


Roof extensions are worrying neighbours who say they damage the character and look of a canalside conservation area in east London near Victoria Park.

Medway Road [Google streetscene]Medway Road [Google streetscene]

So another public consultation is being organised by Tower Hamlets council into ways to improve the look of Driffield Road and Medway Road, between the Hertford Cut in Bow and the Roman Road.

Architects have set out proposals for works that could “offset the damage roof extensions cause to conservation areas”. The council is asking households whether they agree with them.

Planning restrictions on mansard roofs in conservation areas has “caused frustration” to families wanting to extend their home, the council says.

“The proposed change in policy tries to strike the right balance,” a Town Hall spokesman said. “It’s between protecting our heritage and ensuring we have homes that meet our housing needs.”

Some welcome the chance to extend their homes, according to previous consultations, but concerns have been voiced about the damage roof extensions could cause.

Households are being asked to consider what balance is needed between homeowners improving their properties and ‘street landscapes’ to improve the character and appearance of the conservation areas. The consultation runs until May 14.

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