DLP Planning Limited have successfully secured planning permission from Hackney Council for the proposed change of use from a warehouse (use class B8) to commercial use (use class B1c) at 42-56, Tottenham Road, Hackney. The existing property was vacant and had previously been used as a trade warehouse. It was considered a change of use to Class B1c use would make the most productive use of the building, which falls within a Priority Employment Area.
The site raised a number of sensitive design considerations, such as how to make efficient use of the building whilst protecting the amenity of neighbouring residents and the De Beauvoir Town Conservation Area in which the site is located. The proposal will see minimal changes to the exterior of the building, therefore resulting in no adverse impact on the character or appearance of the Conservation Area. Class B1 uses are considered to be appropriate in residential areas so the proposed B1c use is considered to be compatible with the residential neighbours in near proximity and also reflects the majority of established employment use in the near vicinity.
No objections were raised by members of the public and the application was decided by the Council under delegated powers. The Owner’s Commercial Agent, Savoy Stewart are confident of an early letting.