Plans to extend Great Harwood conservation area

DOZENS of historic buildings in Great Harwood will be protected if plans to extend the town’s conservation area are given the go-ahead.

Numerous streets will be included in the new, extended area, which follows a review into Great Harwood Conservation Area in 2011.

They include Blackburn Road, a route which is shown on the 1818 map and home to several buildings, suggested for inclusion on the Local List.

The Methodist Chapel in Commercial Road, built in 1853 and now a pub, and a short terrace of houses in Edward Street will be included.

Sections of Queen, Loynd, Westwell, Cattle, Water, and Church streets will all fall under the new conservation area boundaries.

A significant area around Grade II-listed St Bartholomew’s Church, at the junction of Park Lane and Church Street, which was described as having ‘its own distinct character’, will also be included.

Coun Noordad Aziz said: “Some of the buildings of the town are gems and we need to be taking steps to preserve them.

“The architecture of Great Harwood is unique, and the conservation aim is to preserve, especially given the investment that has been undertaken around the Town Gate Square.”

Chief planning officer at Hyndburn Council, Simon Prideaux, said in documents put before last week’s cabinet meeting: “The Local Planning Authority has a duty to pay special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of their conservation areas.

“However, they are not open-air museums but living communities, which must be allowed to change over time in order to remain vital and prosperous.

“The emphasis is to guide and control development rather than to prevent it.”

Residents and businesses within the new area would be forced to apply for permission to prune trees, alter or add to a roof, install solar panels or some satellite dishes, and several other works.

The plans have received five responses, two for and three against.

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2:41pm Thu 12 Jun 14

useyourhead says...

i have been trying to find out about this for months, where can the plans be viewed? does anyone know, what is the planning application number because i cant find it online!!
i have been trying to find out about this for months, where can the plans be viewed? does anyone know, what is the planning application number because i cant find it online!! useyourhead
  • Score: 6

2:55pm Thu 12 Jun 14

clickhere says...

http://tinyurl.com/S
nuffyconservation -- this should get you to the detail.

This has been on the go for 5 or 6 years. It was in the final stages when the current administration took over and kicked it into the long grass. Thankfully they now seem to have finalised it.
http://tinyurl.com/S nuffyconservation -- this should get you to the detail. This has been on the go for 5 or 6 years. It was in the final stages when the current administration took over and kicked it into the long grass. Thankfully they now seem to have finalised it. clickhere
  • Score: 6

3:00pm Thu 12 Jun 14

clickhere says...

The appraisal by the consultants came up with an extended town centre conservation area plus a new area around the top of Church Street.
Someone with common sense joined them together by linking the two areas at lower Church Street. This saved time and money by being able to designate the whole as one area instead of two.
The appraisal by the consultants came up with an extended town centre conservation area plus a new area around the top of Church Street. Someone with common sense joined them together by linking the two areas at lower Church Street. This saved time and money by being able to designate the whole as one area instead of two. clickhere
  • Score: -3

3:21pm Thu 12 Jun 14

useyourhead says...

thanks clickhere, i have even email the planning dept twice to enquire... i am yet to recieve a reply.
thanks clickhere, i have even email the planning dept twice to enquire... i am yet to recieve a reply. useyourhead
  • Score: 6

4:26pm Thu 12 Jun 14

clickhere says...

useyourhead wrote:
thanks clickhere, i have even email the planning dept twice to enquire... i am yet to recieve a reply.
A pleasure!. Looking up the most recent Cabinet and full Council meetings minutes etc may reveal the most up to date info.
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: thanks clickhere, i have even email the planning dept twice to enquire... i am yet to recieve a reply.[/p][/quote]A pleasure!. Looking up the most recent Cabinet and full Council meetings minutes etc may reveal the most up to date info. clickhere
  • Score: 5

6:11pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Copperhead says...

What Great Harwood really needs is a McDonald's takeaway and drive-through restaurant somewhere near Tesco.
What Great Harwood really needs is a McDonald's takeaway and drive-through restaurant somewhere near Tesco. Copperhead
  • Score: -11

5:38pm Fri 13 Jun 14

site supervisor says...

there`s only one good thing in Great Harwood , its the road out.
there`s only one good thing in Great Harwood , its the road out. site supervisor
  • Score: 2

8:46pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Black Car Guy. says...

Does this include the roads as well as the buildings?
Does this include the roads as well as the buildings? Black Car Guy.
  • Score: 5

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