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Shop Front design – have your say

A consultation has been launched by Waltham Forest Council asking businesses and residents about a new draft Shop Front Design Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

An SPD is a document produced by the Council to help their Planning Committee make decisions about proposed changes to properties in the borough. In this case the Council wants to agree a set of criteria around proposed changes to shop fronts.

“Shop fronts make a huge difference to the appearance of our borough, as we have learnt over a number of years,” said Councillor Clare Coghill, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets.

“We’re keen to support retailers who are considering making alterations to their shop fronts by providing clear advice on how to achieve a high quality, attractive shop front, with a cohesive look along the street whilst retaining individual characteristics.”

The consultation runs between 8 January and 19 February, with the document available to view electronically, at Waltham Forest Libraries during normal opening hours, and in the reception of Sycamore House at the Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex on Forest Road Walthamstow.

To view the document go to and to provide your response online go to Alternatively, you can submit your comments by email to or by post to Design and Conservation, Room G08, Sycamore House, Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex, London, E17 4JF.

PHOTO: In 2013 Waltham Forest Council won the London Planning Award for its shop front project in Leyton High Road.

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