Heritage news, consultations and FAQs
Old Town conservation area Management Plan
The council has produced a draft Management Plan for the Old Town conservation area (following on from the recently adopted Character Statement). The draft Management Plan is available now to view (PDF 5.6MB).
The Old Town conservation area is currently included on the Historic England 'at risk' register due to cumulative issues that are harming the area's special character and appearance. The Plan will be an important step towards addressing the current threats to the area. We welcome all comments on the draft document until 26th August 2018. Comments can be emailed to email@example.com or complete the feedback questionnaire (DOC 28KB) and email it to the same email address.
It is intended to adopt the final document in November 2018.
Queen's Park conservation area Character Statement
The council has produced a draft Character Statement for the Queens Park conservation area. Queen’s Park conservation area is included on the Historic England ‘at risk’ register and this document will be an important step towards addressing the current threats to the areas. It is intended to adopt the document in September 2018, subject to public consultation and Committee approval.
The Character Statement provides an objective assessment of the character and appearance of the Queen's Park conservation area, which will inform future management and development proposals in the area. The Character Statement will provide the foundation for the production of guidance and proposals for the future management of the area which are up-to-date and relevant to current pressures and opportunities. This may include a tightening of planning controls by introducing an ‘Article 4 Direction’ to remove rights to carry out certain types of works under ‘permitted development’ regulations
The consultation period has now closed and no further representations will be accepted.
Download a copy of the draft Queen's Park conservation area character statement (PDF 9MB)
Frequently asked questions
- Is my property listed?
- Do I need listed building consent?
- How do I get a building listed/de-listed?
- Where can I find information on the history of my property or area?
- Is my property in a conservation area?
- How does living in a conservation area affect me?
- What is a locally listed heritage asset?
- What is an Article 4 Direction?
- I want to prune/fell a tree. Do I need consent?
- How do I report possible unauthorised works to an historic building?
- How do I report a building in disrepair?
- How do I report the removal of an historic street light or paving?
- Does the council provide grants for historic buildings?
Common types of work
- Maintenance of historic buildings
- Windows (including replacing windows with double glazing), doors, roof coverings, chimneys, porches, render, mouldings, flint, balconies and boundary treatments: guidance and policy is available in the Supplementary Planning Document on Architectural Features.
- Roof Alterations and Extensions
- Damp Treatment
- External Painting
- Repointing Walls