Posted by: westlancashirerecord | December 7, 2016

Granville Park Conservation Area To Keep Free And Secret Conservation Area Grants

In a bitter blow to council tax payers being forced to pay for green bin charges while also paying more council tax it’s been disclosed that council officers will also continue to provide advice to Granville Park private home owners as requested and make residents aware of potential funding such as Conservation Area Grant westgrantspic schemes and the Hedging Grant scheme. It seems that funding of up to £2,000 per private home, currently available in all 28 conservation areas throughout the borough for new windows, railings, chimneys, garden walls and other decorative external features, plus grants for tree and hedge planting and providing or reinstating historic or sympathetic paving or landscaping, is a major priority protected by secrecy. Yet recent house prices here indicate house sales averaging circa £800,000 gran1.

Furthermore, there is no limit to the Council Budget provided in this scheme…the stewardship of our heritage has to be shared by everyone and it is important that there is support from residents in maintaining and enhancing our conservation areas. To be successful the Council understands that this has to be a partnership between all the parties who live in, visit and use our conservation areas…the grants will not be subject to means testing…it instills its residents with a sense of local pride!

In its review granvillereview-001 WLBC states “Taking into account the comments received through the consultation we propose to take forward the recommendations identified in the draft appraisal. These are set out below.

“8.2. Amending the boundary of Granville Park Conservation Area to include the Cockbeck Tavern including its associated car park to the rear on Town Green Lane. The inclusion of the former public house will help preserve the appearance of the southern entrance into Granville Park.

“8.3 The provision of a new Article 4 Direction which covers extensions and alterations to dwelling houses, alterations to roofs, porches, ancillary buildings or enclosures within the curtilage, the provision of hard surfaces, satellite antenna, the removal of chimneys, the erection and alteration of boundary walls and fences, and the painting of houses. The Article 4 Direction will also include Part 14, Class A (the installation, alteration or replacement of micro-generation solar PV or solar thermal equipment on domestic properties) so that this form of development will require Planning Permission. It is important to stress that the Article 4 Direction only covers elevations of a dwelling house which front onto a highway, waterway or public open space. The proposed schedule for the new Article 4 Direction is set out in Appendix D.

“8.4 The new Article 4 Direction will be applied to cover the whole boundary of the Granville Park Conservation Area”.

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