What is a Conservation Area?
Conservation areas have been in existence nationally since 1967 and current legislation under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 imposes a duty on the council to "from time to time determine which parts of their area are areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.."
Effects of Conservation Areas
The designation of a conservation area limits the amount and type of alterations and extensions, which can be undertaken without the need for planning permission. It also introduces control over work to trees and any demolition. Any application for development which affects the conservation area, either within or adjacent to it, will be given careful consideration by the Borough Council to determine how it would affect the character of the area. Each planning application for development within the conservation area will be advertised in the local press, and a notice will be displayed at the site. Anyone can make their views about the proposal known to the Borough Council, and all comments received will be taken into account.
Conservation area designation protects all trees within the boundary from topping, lopping or felling by requiring owners to give the Borough Council six weeks notice of their intention to carry out any such tree works. The Council will inspect the tree concerned and decide whether a Tree Preservation Order is merited to ensure the tree's long term future. For further advice on work to trees in conservation areas please contact the Environment department or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The following are designated as Conservation areas, information on these sites can be accessed through the Broxtowe Heritage Map:
Attenborough, Barratt Lane
Beeston, St John's Grove
Beeston West End
Chilwell Cottage Grove
Stapleford, Church Street
Stapleford, Nottingham Road
Conservation Area Character Appraisals
The aim of conservation area character appraisals is to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of the designated area - and to provide a basis for making sustainable decisions about its future through the development of management proposals. Ideally, an appraisal should be prepared prior to designation; but, for many existing conservation areas, this will not have been done. Undertaking (or commissioning) an appraisal therefore offers an opportunity to re-assess the designated area and to evaluate and record its special interest. Involving the local community in that process is essential.Please Note: advice in the published Conservation Area documents is temporary because of new Permitted Development Rights between 30th May 2013 and 30th May 2019. Please see the link to the Planning Portal for more information.
Article 4 Directions
An Article 4 direction allows local planning authorities to restrict Permitted Development Rights to control development that otherwise would not need planning permission.
There are three Article 4 Directions in our area:
Identification of properties and controls The properties to which a direction applies, and the classes of development which are to be brought under control, are considered carefully. Permitted Development (PD) rights are withdrawn in exceptional circumstances, where there is a real and specific issue to address, such as the replacement of windows in a Conservation area.The top threats which might justify Article 4 Directions include: plastic windows and doors; loss of front garden walls, fences and hedges; unsightly satellite dishes; alterations to the fronts, roofs and chimneys of buildings; unsympathetic extensions and impact of advertisements.Article 4 Directions have been made in Broxtowe for Cossall, Strelley and Kimberley and details can be downloaded within the documents section. Please note, the Article 4 Direction relating to Oak Lodge Drive, Kimberley was confirmed by the Council's Cabinet on 6 September 2011 and is therefore in force. This confirmation occurred within the 6 months of the making of the original Direction (as set out on page 1 of the Direction), and therefore the Article 4 remains to be in effect beyond the 18 September 2011 expiration deadline mentioned.
Retaining the Character of the Conservation Area
If you are considering any proposals for development in the conservation area, the following general points may help you to assess whether development proposals are likely to be considered appropriate. For more information or before you commence any works within a Conservation Area, you are advised to contact the council's planning department for advice.
Conservation Area Consent is required for the demolition or substantial demolition of most buildings within the area, as well as for walls, gates or other means of enclosure which exceed 1m in height.
Cladding on External Walls
Within Conservation Areas, planning permission is required to clad the outside walls of any building in stone, artificial stone, timber, plastic render or tiles.
For a proposed development to be acceptable within one of the Council's conservation areas, the development should 'preserve or enhance' the special character of that area. Should a proposal fail to do so, or erode the design quality of the area, the Council is likely to find a proposal unacceptable.The Borough Council's planning officers will welcome discussions at an early stage. They can be contacted through the information on the right hand side. Any proposed change of use of any property should not alter its appearance and large business signs will not be acceptable. Other advertising signs should be kept to a minimum within the conservation area.
Any development should avoid the removal of front boundaries and existing landscaping, as well as the removal of historic or original materials.
Extensions to properties should respect the scale, character and architectural style of the original building and other buildings in the area.
Extensions, if acceptable, should be constructed in materials to match the existing. Some of these materials may be difficult to find, however, by consulting a wide range of suppliers an acceptable match should be possible. Often reclaimed facing bricks and roofing materials will provide the most acceptable solution and will not necessarily be an expensive option. It should be noted that research has shown that over a 30-year mortgage period the rehabilitation and regular maintenance of timber windows will be a more cost-effective approach than replacing with more modern alternatives.
Shop Front Design & Security
The design of new shop fronts is an important factor in the attractiveness and environmental quality of part of the Council's conservation areas. Care needs to be taken to ensure proposals are appropriate to the style, design and character of the building or group of buildings in which the shop is situated. Grant aid may be available from the council in certain circumstances in order to help achieve appropriate results.Shop security measures often include proposals for the installation of shutters and grilles. In assessing these proposals within Conservation Areas, emphasis will be placed on ensuring they are suitably sympathetic to the existing shop fronts and street scene. Solid shutters or shutters with small perforations are generally not acceptable. Further guidelines are available in the Council's guidance notes on shop front security and shop front design in the Planning Application Guidance section of our website.