Brighton & Hove Council are launching a consultation in response to local concerns identified in the Queen’s Park Conservation Area Statement.
The statement, adopted by the BHCC in September 2018 following public consultation, highlights how the loss of architectural details on the front of properties has a detrimental effect on the character and appearance of the conservation area.
These include changing traditional sash windows to uPVC, installing inappropriate timber windows, modern doors, railings and gates, the loss of front boundary walls and the painting of previously unpainted brick features.
The Conservation Area Statement recommended that planning controls should be drawn up to stop these changes when they affect the front of houses to restrict the minor work and alterations that can normally be carried out without planning permission within a particular conservation area. In Queens Park, the proposed Article 4 Direction would apply to all houses within the Conservation area, including small HMOs.
Flats and commercial properties already have stricter planning controls.
Queens Park residents are being encouraged to take part in the consultation and let the council know what they think of the proposals.
“We want to ensure that this character is maintained and that attractive and historic features of buildings are preserved, while balancing the wishes of residents wanting to improve their properties.
“We are encouraging residents to support us, by taking part in this consultation and helping to shape future planning controls.”
To find out more and have your say, go to our Queen’s Park Conservation Area Article 4 online consultation.
The consultation is open until on 16 March.