Review of South Shoreditch Conservation Area

Closes 30 Jun 2021

Opened 2 Jun 2021

Overview

We are currently consulting on a review of the existing South Shoreditch Conservation Area. See below for more information and how you can have your say.

Hackney Council has undertaken a detailed review of the existing South Shoreditch Conservation Area and is consulting on a Draft South Shoreditch Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan. It is also proposing several minor alterations to the conservation area boundary. 

Why is the South Shoreditch Conservation Area of special architectural and historic interest?

The South Shoreditch Conservation Area is located to the south of the London Borough of Hackney and has a long and  distinguished association with the furniture and printing industries which reached their heights in the mid-late 19th century. Many of the buildings which survive today have either originated from these trades or have been utilised in some ways to accommodate them. This functional relationship has provided South Shoreditch with a distinctive and valuable character that is still clearly visible today.

The street layout of the Conservation Area is partly late medieval and tudor but the earliest roads such as Shoreditch High Street date to Roman times. Much of the earlier, narrower lanes were altered by the Victorians for example the railway viaduct and the creation of Great Eastern Street carving through historic streets.  

The distinctive character of South Shoreditch comes from the mix of grand, four and five storey former retail and warehouse buildings that line the main thoroughfares in combination with smaller, lower-scale buildings set behind the main frontages. These are divided by an irregular grid of smaller streets and lanes, the overall result of which is to produce a dense and intimate streetscape behind the wider, open thoroughfares. There is a limited palette of materials and architectural details which provides a homogeneous character to the area. 

Hoxton Square is located to the north of the Conservation area and has continuously evolved over the course of the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. It was first laid out in 1709 with the housing development completed by the 1720s and is one of London’s earliest garden squares and the first to be built in the new north eastern suburbs. Buildings are varied but largely follow historic plot layouts.  

Before determining whether to adopt the amended South Shoreditch Conservation Area, we are undertaking a 28 day public consultation between 2nd and 30th June 2021.

You can download the South Shoreditch Conservation Area boundary map and  Appraisal & Management Plan below.

Give us your views

Events

  • Review of South Shoreditch Conservation Area - Online Drop In Session 1

    From 15 Jun 2021 at 13:00 to 15 Jun 2021 at 15:00

    An online drop in session will run on the 15th June 2021 between 13:00 and 15:00 in order to answer any queries and questions over the updated appraisal and management plan along with a revised conservation area boundary. Join us at this drop in session to find out more about the proposals and have the opportunity to ask questions.

    Register your interest:
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/review-of-south-shoreditch-conservation-area-online-drop-in-session-1-tickets-156707212491

  • Review of South Shoreditch Conservation Area - Online Drop In Session 2

    From 22 Jun 2021 at 17:00 to 22 Jun 2021 at 19:00

    An online drop in session will run on the 22nd June 2021 between 17:00 and 19:00 in order to answer any queries and questions over the updated appraisal and management plan along with a revised conservation area boundary. Join us at this drop in session to find out more about the proposals and have the opportunity to ask questions.

    Register your interest:
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/review-of-south-shoreditch-conservation-area-online-drop-in-session-2-tickets-156854380675

Areas

  • Hoxton East and Shoreditch

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Planning