Consultation on Conservation Areas

Belfast City Council is consulting on proposals to change the permitted development rights for two conservation areas: Malone Park and Adelaide Park, both in the south of the city.

Councillor Matt Garrett, Chair of the Council’s Planning Committee, said; “Conservation areas are defined as areas of special architectural or historic interest. Built heritage designations such as conservation areas provide the city with a strong sense of place, they suggest continuity and stability, provide aesthetically pleasing quality environments, contribute to a high quality of life and thus stimulate economic activity, investment and tourism. We are proposing to use Article 4 Directions to further protect the unique and special character and appearance of these areas,” said Councillor Garrett.”

This would mean that planning permission would be needed for the following works:
• alterations to the size of window openings and replacing frames;
• alterations to size of door openings and replacing doors; and
• creation of hardstandings (hard surfacing in tarmac or pavers to fronts of dwellings replacing lawns).

There is no fee for planning applications as a result of an Article 4 Direction being in place.

Representation can be made via the Council’s website, at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/consultations. The deadline for responses is 4pm on Monday 21 March.