Consultation on New Protection for Stamford’s Historic Heart

Stamford contains half of the listed buildings in South Kesteven, but alongside these stand many non-designated buildings which contribute massively to the heritage of the town.

South Kesteven District Council have announced a public consultation on a proposed Article 4 directive, which would provide an additional level of protection for the historic environment within the Stamford conservation area.

Public consultation opens on Monday (Aug 20) into proposals to introduce new planning rules for unlisted properties in the heart of historic Stamford.

The move is in response to the gradual loss of traditional features from unlisted buildings such as traditional timber windows and the removal of traditional roofing slates and chimneys, which are resulting in the erosion of the character of the Stamford Conservation Area.

Owners of unlisted properties currently have permitted development rights to make minor alterations including changing the style and material used for alterations such as replacement doors, windows and changes of roofing materials or to put up a satellite dish.

With an Article 4 Direction in place, such alterations would require planning permission.

SKDC Cabinet Member for Growth, Cllr Helen Goral, said: “The aim is to help safeguard the special character of the conservation area and prevent the gradual erosion of the area’s heritage.

“Property owners will still be able to make changes, but they will have to go through an application process, which means any planned changes must be appropriate.”

More information will be available at drop-in sessions to be held at Stamford Arts Centre from 10pm-4pm on Thursday September 6 and 13. The consultation period runs until 30 September.

People can respond online at conservation@southkesteven.gov.uk , or in writing to The Conservation Team at The Council Offices, St. Peter’s Hill, Grantham, NG31 6PZ.