RESIDENTS living in Leek Conservation Area will soon need planning permission to make minor changes to their properties.
Members of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's service delivery overview and scrutiny panel recommended that a so-called ‘Article 4 direction’ should be introduced within the conservation area.
This would mean that planning permission would be required for any change to residential properties including doors, windows and walls.
Presently only businesses in the Conservation Area require planning permission tomake alterations.
Following consultation and recommendations from both Leek and District Civic Society and Leek and Moorlands Historic Buildings Trust, councillors have now agreed to modify several areas by extending the conservation area.
These area include areas of land in Ashbourne Road, Brook Street, Buxton Road, Compton,Haywood Street, London Street and Shoobridge Street. A short consultation period will now take place and the residents potentially affected will be notified.
Councillor Linda Malyon. “The civic society has made some good comments and the conservation area will be controlled.
However, there is nothing to protect buildings outside of the Conservation Area.” Councillor Stephen Ellis said: “This will make a big difference. Article 4 is fundamental in preserving the Conservation Area.”
Councillor Pam Wood, however, pointed out that the Carr Gymnasium at the Leek College site was the subject of a planning application which could see it demolished.
She added: “Also the old Coop building in Ashbourne Road should be added as it has a lot of heritage.”
Councillor Edwin Wain, who has the responsibility for planning on the district council said that if someone sold their property solicitors would be duty bound to inform the new owners of the Conservation Area and Article 4.