Lofty ideals for Or­tho­dox

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY ROBYNROSEN

HARINGEY HOUS­ING bosses are ap­peal­ing to res­i­dents to help re­fine a rule­book on loft ex­ten­sions, a key is­sue in strictly Or­tho­dox house­holds.

The coun­cil is to un­der­take a sixweek con­sul­ta­tion on the guide, which sets out de­sign prin­ci­ples for home ex­ten­sions in keep­ing with the char­ac­ter of the neigh­bour­hood.

There are, on av­er­age, six chil­dren per house­hold in South Tot­ten­ham and many fam­i­lies live in cramped con­di­tions. Some loft ex­ten­sions do not meet coun­cil guide­lines.

Ear­lier this year, di­a­mond whole­saler David Kahn was or­dered to pay £2,500 costs and given an 18-month con­di­tional dis­charge af­ter a six-year bat­tle with the coun­cil over al­ter­ations to his Tot­ten­ham home.

Coun­cil leader Claire Kober said there was a press­ing need to clar­ify plan­ning guid­ance and to reg­u­larise house ex­ten­sions.

“As a coun­cil we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to sup­port fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties and help them thrive. This is pi­o­neer­ing work, pro­tect­ing the in­fra­struc­ture while sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity in a way that will ben­e­fit the whole area.”

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