St Mary’s Lodge Planning Brief – Consultation and Survey

img_2337St Mary’s Lodge (73 Lordship Road), has been subject of concern for some time – here is the link to the website giving the history : 

 The Lodge is also the subject of a film “The Hidden House”

The Hackney Planning Department has drafted a Planning Brief for St Mary’s Lodge which is currently out for public consultation.

 The planning brief is not a planning application and makes no commitment to developing the site – instead it’s purpose is to curtail extended discussions with developers on schemes that are likely to be unacceptable and instead set bounds on what is both likely to granted permission, and be financially viable. In other words it should focus minds and states that it is the Council’s priority is to bring the building back into viable use

 Here is the link to an electronic copy of the draft Planning Brief and the online survey. (a hard copy is available in Stoke Newington Library)

It would be good if as many people as possible could reply to the online survey.

There will also be an opportunity to talk to the planners, and some local heritage representatives, in person at a drop-in session in the foyer of Stoke Newington Library 4pm to 8pm Wednesday 25 October.

 To summarise the draft Planning Brief suggests options which require retention and refurbishment of the existing St Mary’s Lodge building and the scope of new-build developments of the wider site.

The draft sets out 2 land options: 1) for the St Mary’s Lodge site only (73 Lordship Road), and

2) development including the two adjacent plots of land at 71 (car park) and 69 (the synagogue).

In our view there is scope to consider a third (and possibly more likely) midway option of land including the lodge (73) and adjacent car park (71) only and feedback on this is encouraged.

 In all cases the brief focuses on education/community use with an element of possible residential use.

 Can you circulate this e mail as widely as possible.

 From the Stoke Newington Conservation Area Advisory Committee

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