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Locally listed article 4 direction order

The council is introducing a new Article 4 Direction that will apply to all buildings on the List of Buildings of Local Architectural and/or Historic Interest (Local List) outside conservation areas. 

These locally listed buildings are vulnerable to demolition because they currently fall outside the scope of planning legislation. In addition, the painting of previously unpainted brick and stonework changes the character and appearance of historic buildings. For example, pubs have been the subject of damaging exterior paintwork changes during rebranding exercises. 

The proposed Article 4 direction will therefore remove the permitted development rights which allow total demolition, or painting of exterior walls, of locally listed buildings outside conservation areas. This means that planning permission will be required for these changes in future. 

The order was sealed on 23 February 2022 and will be subject to public consultation for 8 weeks until 5.00pm on 20 April 2022. Any comments on this matter should be made in writing either to builtheritage@blackpool.gov.uk, or the Built Heritage and Conservation Team, 81 Central, 77 to 81 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HU, and should include your name, postal and email address.

Please note that the council may consider all representations received in public and that the substance of any representation together with the name and address of the person making it could become available for public inspection.

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It is proposed that the direction will come into force on 24 February 2023 subject to consideration of any representations received during the consultation period and the direction being confirmed by the council.