Mansfield Heights, London

Small Scale and Permitted Development

Firstplan advised on the planning strategy for works to upgrade and extend Mansfield Heights, a pair of 1950’s block of flats in Haringey originally designed by the Metropolitan Police Architects Department for use as police housing. Firstplan obtained Prior Approval under Part 20 Class A of the amended Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2020 to allow an additional storey to be constructed above both the north and south buildings to provide a total of 11 new one-bed dwellings.

Designed by Gpad Architects, the scheme delivers contemporary, high quality roof additions which adopt a different bespoke design approach for each of the two blocks reflecting their locations within the estate and relationship with the surrounding buildings. The two roof extensions are then successfully unified by using the same dark zinc cladding to create a harmonious contrast to the host building.  Our Prior Approval application also demonstrated that the scheme was acceptable in respect of all other prior approval matters including transport, natural light and impact on amenity.