IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Stafford CA’s satellite dishes lacking PP won’t face enforcement action

Residents who put up satellite dishes without planning permission (PP) in Stafford’s conservation areas (CAs) will not face enforcement action from the borough council, members have decided, reports the Express and Star.

The Express and Star writes:

Householders are normally allowed to carry out improvement work such as painting walls and replacing windows and doors, as part of permitted development rights.

But in some parts of Stafford borough these permitted development rights have been removed, meaning residents have to apply for planning permission to carry out certain improvement works.

There are 30 conservation areas in the borough, which are classed as being of special historic and architectural interest, and three parts covered by additional restrictions known as Article 4 Directions – which aim to prevent potentially “harmful” development of unlisted buildings.

Parts of Eccleshall, Burton Manor and Stone are covered by Article 4 Directions – and a number of residents in the Stone area have fallen foul of the restrictions by carrying out “unauthorised” work to properties, including replacing roof tiles and a front door…..

….The report said: “It is evident from visiting the identified properties and the Article 4 area that a number of the satellite dishes and replacement doors have been in situ for a significant period of time – i.e. over four years – and are therefore exempt from enforcement action…..

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