Agenda item

Consultation on Conservation Area Character Appraisals and Article 4 Directions

Minutes:

The report confirmed proposals to publish Conservation Area Appraisals and a boundary review for Caverswall, Cheddleton, Stanley and Upper Tean. The documents required Cabinet approval in order to engage in public consultation. It was also proposed to consult on the introduction of an Article 4 Direction to dwellings within these proposed Conservation Areas to control certain categories of permitted development which were harming the special character and appearance of the Conservation Area.

 

Options considered:

 

a)    To adopt the character appraisals and introduce an Article 4 Direction. This option would offer the greatest protection to the character and appearance of these historic settlements and was in line with best conservation practice;

b)    To adopt the accompanying character appraisals (but leave the planning controls as they were). This would allow the significance of the settlements’ heritage to be recognised and for planning applications to have regard to the character and appearance of the areas but it would leave the Council limited as to what it could protect. It would also allow the inconsistent planning controls to continue.

 

DECISION:

 

That Cabinet:-

 

·       Approve the publication of the draft Conservation Area Character Appraisals and boundary review for Caverswall, Cheddleton, Stanley and Upper Tean for the purposes of consultation with the public;

·       Authorise a consultation exercise on the introduction of an Article 4 Direction affecting dwellings in Caverswall, Cheddleton, Stanley and Upper Tean so as to remove the classes of permitted development as set out in Appendix 5 of the covering report;

·       Delegate authority to the Head of Development Services to make minor amendments to the draft Character Appraisals ahead of public consultation to update some images.

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