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New rules to prevent over-crowding in south Tottenham by making it easier for families to extend houses
Large families in south Tottenham will be able to extend their homes with greater ease thanks to new planning rules.
Haringey Borough Council wants to prevent over-crowding by striking a balance between enabling family to creating more space while protecting the privacy of neighbours.
The new supplementary planning document (SPD) will allow rooftop extensions on single houses rather than only on pairs of neighbouring homes as was previously the case.
Council officers hope the new rules will mean more people follow the planning policies and also maintain a consistent appearance for the neighbourhood.
However rear extensions which can impact on neighbours’ privacy, gardens and light are still not permitted.
The new rules only apply to houses in south Tottenham and do not apply to flats or houses in multiple occupations.
Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, cabinet member for planning and enforcement, said the new policy strikes the right balance for everyone’s benefit.
He said: “These new rules create a framework for large extended families who want to remain in the community, while making sure that the appearance of Victorian terraces is protected and garden spaces are not spoilt.
“This document marks an important step forward in meeting a range of concerns held by residents and our own planning team.”
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