Cabinet set to approve Peartree conservation

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's Cabinet are set to approve designating Peartree as a conservation area, at a meeting on Monday 6 January.


The council consulted earlier this year, asking for residents to share their views on the proposals, with the majority of respondents supporting the proposals to designate the Peartree area of Welwyn Garden City 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 means that additional policies will 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 will need planning permission. Nationally permitted development rights will also be removed.

Councillor Stephen Boulton, Executive Member for Environment and Planning, said:

We take the heritage of our borough seriously and wish to ensure that any changes in the Peartree area should be in keeping with its special character.

Conservation areas are not designed to stop future development, but to ensure that changes to current buildings, and any new buildings, should preserve and enhance the area's heritage.

The recommendation will go to Full Council on Monday 3 February.

For more information on conservation areas, click here.