LB Waltham Forest’s Core Strategy includes no proposal to designate the Lea Bridge area as a conservation area.
Hackney’s Unitary Development Plan has now been superseded by the Local Development Framework. Whilst Policy 25 - Historic Environment has replaced many of the UDP heritage policies, UDP policy EQ 15 has been retained or ‘saved’.
The justification to Policy EQ15 explains that the existing historic areas within the Borough fall roughly in four groups, and as staff resources permit, the Council will consider the designation of further Conservation Areas, and the amendment of boundaries to existing Conservation Areas. These groups are:
- Town centres and village cores: with buildings of varying age and type that will also include Georgian and Victorian ribbon development; for example, Dalston Lane and Broadway Market.
- Residential areas: especially areas characterised by villas – a particularly well developed Hackney building type.
- Open spaces and their settings: for example, London Fields and Stoke Newington Common.
- Industrial Heritage: for example, the Regent’s Canal and Waterworks Lane, Lea Bridge.
The existing Lea Bridge Conservation Area falls within all four of these categories. It is a historic village core, surrounded by an important open space, it is an historic residential area and it includes industrial building groups of heritage value.
The criteria also apply to a much wider area surrounding the existing Lea Bridge Conservation area including: North and South Millfields; the 19th Century residential terraces lining the fields; the Middlesex and Essex Waterworks; the frontage and towpath to the River Lea north and south of Lea Bridge; and the semi detached villas on Lea Bridge Road.
It is, therefore, appropriate to consider whether the boundary of the existing conservation area should be extended, or new areas designated.