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Queen's Park conservation area character statement public consultation

The entrance to Queens Park

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) 

Old Town conservation area Management Plan

The council has also embarked on the production of a Management Plan for the Old Town conservation area (following on from the recently adopted character statement). Old Town conservation area is currently included on the Historic England ‘at risk’ register and this document will be an important step towards addressing the current threats to the area. It is intended to adopt this document in September 2018, subject to public consultation.

Frequently asked questions

  1. Is my property listed?
  2. Do I need listed building consent?
  3. How do I get a building listed/de-listed?
  4. Where can I find information on the history of my property or area?
  5. Is my property in a conservation area?
  6. How does living in a conservation area affect me?
  7. What is a locally listed heritage asset?
  8. What is an Article 4 Direction?
  9. I want to prune/fell a tree.  Do I need consent?
  10. How do I report possible unauthorised works to an historic building?
  11. How do I report a building in disrepair?
  12. How do I report the removal of an historic street light or paving?
  13. Does the council provide grants for historic buildings?

Common types of work

  1. Maintenance of historic buildings
  2. 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.
  3. Roof Alterations and Extensions
  4. Damp Treatment
  5. External Painting
  6. Repointing Walls