DWD has secured planning permission and listed building consent for the change of use from office to education use within the London Borough of Hackney. An existing co-educational primary school that is located in the Borough will relocate to the site. The school intends to grow from one to two form entry and the property will provide a higher quality education space for students than the school’s existing accommodation.
The Grade II listed building is located within the South Shoreditch Conservation Area and comprises of circa 20,000 sqft of floorspace.
The site is also located in a Priority Employment Area where the London Borough of Hackney seek to resist the loss of office and employment uses.
Through engagement with the local planning authority, including the policy and heritage teams, both at the pre-application stage and throughout the application determination period DWD successfully justified the loss of office use, the appropriateness of the proposed alterations to the listed building and the benefits of the scheme to secure officer support for the development. DWD also provided advice on the preparation of the S106 legal agreement.
Full planning permission and listed building consent was granted in July 2018.