Lambeth council’s cabinet last night approved plans to relax strict planning restrictions on residents in the borough who want to make alterations to their homes.
A report, approved by members at the town hall meeting, will make it easier for applicants to build rear extensions, dormer windows and Mansard roofs on buildings not deemed ‘heritage assets’. The Supplementary Planning Document will now form part of the future Local Plan which will give planning guidelines for all applications in the borough.
The move follows over two years of campaigning by Brixton residents like Mark Buttery, who addressed last night’s town hall meeting. Buttery had been lobbying local councillors over what he saw as unfair application of planning policy on his street in Ferndale Ward.
Buttery said: “Many of our houses need a large amount of investment in them to make them fit for 21st century living and allowing residents to build into the roof, makes them fit for the needs of modern families.
“We as residents are supportive of the policy since it will allow the building of loft conversions to be standardised, which whilst the current policy tried to resist mansards, there have now been many examples where permission has been granted which in itself leads to an inconsistent approach.”
Cllr Paul McGlone, deputy leader and ward councillor for Ferndale, said: “This is difficult and the council has responded to residents’ concerns. I hope that we won’t have some of the apparent arguments we have had in the past in the future.”
The revised planning document will now go to public consultation before final approval from the council in May.
See the full Draft Building Alterations and Extensions Supplementary Planning Document.