Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is asking local people for their views on proposals to protect Leek’s heritage.
For over 40 years, the town centre has been a conservation area but its character is still at risk from “harmful alterations” to some buildings.
The council wants to safeguard Leek’s heritage by:
- Reviewing the conservation area’s boundary;
- Controlling significant external alterations to domestic properties in the area; and
- Publishing an appraisal describing its characteristics.
Councillor Edwin Wain, cabinet member for planning, development and property, said: “Leek town centre is a special place which is rich in historical character. Architectural features such as windows, doors, traditional roofing materials, chimney stacks and boundary walls and railings contribute so much to the appearance of the conservation area.
“Removing or altering these features can be damaging to the nature of the area and most changes of this type to dwellings do not currently require planning permission. We’re now looking to protect these historic buildings by restricting permitted development rights but before any decisions are made, we want to hear the views of local people about the proposals.”
Leaflets are being distributed to every address in the conservation area detailing the proposals.
Consultation on the proposals has already started and people have until 26th July to make comments and observations.
You can find out more here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or from reception at Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek.