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Llandudno Conservation Area FAQs

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Llandudno Conservation Area is one of the first designations in Wales and also one of the finest surviving Victorian seaside resorts in the UK. The Council must investigate all complaints about historic or recent infringements and it must be consistent in its approach to cases that are the subject of similar circumstances. The individual facts applying to each case must be established and considered by the Council if it is not to be accused of being unreasonable and inequitable. Owners have rights of appeal against refusals of applications and enforcement notices. In many cases where alterations were completed a long time before the last change of owner, this aspect must be taken into account.
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Q: Why is it designated?
A: In the case of Llandudno it was made a Conservation Area to preserve its authentic Victorian character and high quality (There are approximately 360 listed buildings within the area).
Q: What is very special about the character of Llandudno Conservation Area?
A: The town is a magnificent example of mid-Victorian town planning. It is characterised by elegant terraces of classically influenced buildings. The attractiveness of these properties results from their ordered and well proportioned fenestration and high quality decorative detailing. The uniformity of these rows is a vital part of their appeal. Modern and insensitive replacements of historic windows and doors can destroy the special architectural compositions.
Q: Can change/new development happen once a Conservation Area is designated?
A: Although planning controls are more stringent in Conservation Areas this does not mean that all change is prohibited. Many alterations can be agreed if they can show the character of the area will remain unchanged or enhanced by the works.
Q: What kind of alterations to properties within Conservation Areas need permission?
A: It is always best to check with the Planning Department before starting any work to see if permissions are required and the proposed work is going to be acceptable. Alterations to properties in commercial use as flats, offices, storage, shops, guesthouses and hotels invariably require planning permission. Listed buildings are protected by law in order to preserve their authentic historic and architectural features and interest. Any work that would alter their special character would require prior consent.
Q: Are there any other restrictions within Conservation Areas?
A: Yes, there are special controls on the demolition of buildings and the design of advertisements. There are also controls on work to trees and prior agreement is needed to fell any tree growing in a designated area. Many areas have trees contribute significantly to their character and that is why tree works are subject to control by the Council.
Q: Is it possible to improve the energy efficiency of properties to help in the fight against global warming?
A: Installing insulation in the roof is likely to make the biggest energy saving by preventing heat loss. This can be completed relatively cheaply and there are schemes to assist with the provision of loft insulation. This measure can often be fitted into historic buildings without adversely affecting their character. Wall insulation can harm the historic features and character of buildings and advice is needed before contemplating this option. Similarly the installation of double glazed windows can damage the fragile authenticity of an historic area. However refurbishing historic windows by restoring their working parts and by installing good draught proofing systems may not need consent but can greatly improve their performance. There is plenty of advice available on this issue and we can assist with guidance or direct you towards other specific specialist advisers.
Q: Can noise reduction measures be installed to reduce noise levels to flats?
A: Secondary glazing to historic windows can not only prove to be an extremely effective noise attenuation measure, but can also greatly reduce heat loss without jeopardising historic features. Consent may not be required for improvements and repairs to historic windows.
Q: Do the Council have plans to force all property owners who have PVCu windows/other features to take them out and replace these with traditional windows?
A: The Council realise that preserving and enhancing the authenticity and specialness of a Conservation Area such as Llandudno is going to take concerted action over several years to achieve. Our conservation areas have experienced a substantial number of unauthorised alterations over recent years. It is inevitable that some enforcement notices will need to be served to restore the historic appearance of specific buildings. These may relate to recent infringements, particularly those on listed buildings. However many properties have had PVCu features installed several years ago. These are more likely to be asked to restore traditional voluntarily, thus avoiding formal enforcement action.
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