Changes to planning controls for private dwellings and businesses in the North Laine are proposed. The aim is to strengthen the council ability to retain the appearance of the area and conserve its special character.
Local residents and businesses are being consulted during October on whether to introduce controls known as ‘Article 4 Directions’ that would help protect the area from unsightly minor developments.
If introduced it would mean planning permission would be required throughout the North Laine Conservation Area to:
- Alter or extend the parts of houses that front a highway or public open space. This rule already applies to flats, offices and shops.
- Erect or demolish fences, walls, gates and railings and to paint facades on all properties in the area.
This announcement comes amidst a spate of planning challenges to retail premises. Many traders have changed their facades over the years without seeking planning permission. In some cases the changes were made by previous occupants many years ago. However, this doesn’t alter the fact that they are in contravention of the conservation rules and traders are being asked to restore the original features.
An exhibition explaining and illustrating these proposals in greater detail is to be held at the Brighthelm Centre, reception area, North Road, from 10am to 5pm from 11-17 October.
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