Consultation launches on Peartree conservation
Residents are being asked to have their say on proposals aimed at preserving the heritage of the Peartree area in Welwyn Garden City.
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is seeking the views of residents on proposals to designate the Peartree area as a conservation area.
Conservation areas are places of special architectural or historical interest which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. Designating areas ensures extra emphasis is given to their special character, history and development.
Designating the area would mean that additional policies would be in place to preserve and enhance its character. Anyone living in the area wanting to make changes to the external appearance of their property, demolish any building or carry out works to a tree would need planning permission. Nationally permitted development rights would also be removed.
A public meeting will be held at Woodhall Community Centre from 4-8pm on Tuesday 15 October where planning and heritage officers from the council will be available to discuss the proposal.
Councillor Stephen Boulton, Executive Member for Planning, said: "Our proposals will help to ensure that changes to current buildings, and any new buildings, fit with the existing special character of the area and maintain its heritage.
"This is an opportunity for local residents and those with an interest in the Peartree area to have their say on its future."
A character appraisal confirming that the Peartree area does warrant conservation area status and a map of the proposed area can be viewed online at http://welhat.gov.uk/planning-advice/conservation. Hard copies are available to view at the council offices in Campus East, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6AE.
Anyone wishing to make comments should complete a questionnaire form available on the link above or email any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Monday 11 November 2019.