Sports, leisure and the Arts Crab Lane Conservation Area

Control of development

Crab Lane is not unique in being an old rural village within a city boundary, but it is unusual in being so close to the city centre. It has survived almost intact because it has been relieved of redevelopment pressure. This has led to some very old cottages being left in nearly original condition.

In recent years, however, new housing development has encroached into the area, and there is still further pressure for more houses to be built.

New developments should pay heed to the firm character and proportions of the existing old cottages. It is preferable that they should not be copies but individual buildings and terraces with a vitality of their own.

This character, however, should be derived from that of the existing older buildings in their disposition on the site, form, materials, proportions and details. This will help to reinforce the character of Crab Lane and help residents to retain their pride in the area to develop an awareness of its history.

All developments, conversions and some minor works will require planning permission, as will demolition. Work to listed buildings will also need Listed Building Consent. Generally, materials should be brick and slate, and building heights will be limited to two stories. The North Area Team will be willing to give advice on such matters. The planting of trees will be encouraged to restore and maintain as far as possible the original rural character of the area.

Anyone wishing to fell, prune or uproot a tree covered by a Tree Preservation Order or in a Conservation Area should seek permission first from us before undertaking any work to the tree.

More information on trees.  


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