Weston Stone Walls Article 4 Direction

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Weston-super-Mare's stone walls are a major feature of the Victorian stone town and make a significant and positive contribution to the character of Weston. The incremental loss of boundary walls within the Great Weston Conservation Area is harming the overall cohesiveness, integrity and character of individual buildings, streets and neighbourhoods. Planning permission is not currently required to demolish a wall of one meter in height or under. As a great number of stone boundary walls were built to three feet in height this means that there has been no control over the loss of these features. The proposed Article 4 Direction will mean that planning consent would be required for demolition of walls of a height of one meter and under within the Great Weston Conservation Area and so help to limit the decline of the character of the Conservation Area.

We would like your views on this proposal contained in the "Weston Walls Article 4 Direction" document below. There are also three supporting documents which you can view below.

The documents are also available to view in the Central Library, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road BS23 1UJ

The easiest way to view and comment on the document is online but you can also email comments to planning.policy@n-somerset.gov.uk entitling it "Weston Walls Article 4 consultation". 

The consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday 7 December.


  • Opened
    26 Oct 2021 at 00:00
  • Closed
    7 Dec 2021 at 17:00


Organisational Information

Contact Name Cara MacMahon
Job title Heritage Action Zones Project Officer
Contact Email Cara.MacMahon@n-somerset.gov.uk
Contact Telephone 01934 42 6825

Project Information

Aim of this consultation To inform and invite comments on the proposal to require planning consent for the demolition of stone walls within the Greater Weston Conservation Area from a date commencing 01 February 2022
Close Date 07 Dec 2021 17:00
Consultation Topic
  • Environment - building work, transport, trees and recycling
Context for this consultation A report in July 2021 established the importance of stone walls to the character of the Greater Weston Conservation Area, but that the absence of the need for planning consent to demolish these was causing an erosion of these important defining features.
The removal of permitted development rights for the demolition of walls of one meter height and under will prevent further degradation to the character of the conservation area.