Why an Article 4 Direction is needed for the Queen’s Park conservation area
The Queen’s Park Conservation Area Character Statement was adopted by council in September 2018 following public consultation. This document identified the cumulative loss of architectural details (including the change of traditional windows to uPVC double glazing as well as inappropriate timber windows, modern doors, loss of front boundary walls, modern railings and gates and painting of unpainted brick features) on the fronts of single dwelling houses as being detrimental to the character and appearance of the conservation area.
As a result, a recommendation was made in the Character Statement to prepare an Article 4 Direction to halt these harmful changes where they affect the street frontages of houses.
Informal consultation was undertaken in February and March 2020, with 65% of respondents either agreeing or strongly agreeing that an Article 4 Direction would help to preserve the character and appearance of the Queen’s Park conservation area.
A report was taken to the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture (TECC) Committee on 18 June 2020 where the Committee authorised the making of a non-immediate Article 4 Direction to the Queen’s Park conservation area to remove the permitted development rights listed, to come into effect in twelve (12) months from this date, subject to statutory consultation.
You can find a copy of the report taken to the TECC Committee online.