Leigh Conservation Area

Planning Consents and Leigh Article 4 Direction

Planning consents

All development in the Leigh Conservation Area should follow the advice in the Conservation Area Guidance leaflet and, in particular, respect the features outlined above that contribute to its special character. Planning permission is needed for development which materially affects the appearance or use of buildings or land. This can include, for example, re-roofing and altering windows, constructing extensions and new buildings.

Leigh Article 4 Direction

Some minor forms of development are classed as "permitted development" and are normally exempt. But in the Conservation Area this has resulted in unsuitable changes which have harmed its character. The Leigh Article 4 Direction has, therefore, been made with the support of residents, withdrawing this exemption. Planning Permission from the Council is now needed for the following types of permitted development at properties listed below.

Leigh Conservation Area Article 4 Direction applies to:

  • Church Hill, Leigh (Castle Cottage,The Old Rectory)
  • Norman Place (all properties)
  • Pleasant Terrace (all properties)
  • The Terrace, Leigh (all properties)
  • Hadleigh Road, Leigh (1-29 odd, 2-18 even)
  • Hillside Road, Leigh (6-12 even, 18-20 odd)
  • Leigh Hill, Leigh (15,31, rear of 43-47, 49, 53-63, 65-77 (hardstanding access only), 79-87, 28-42, 60-62, 82-108)
  • Norman Terrace, Leigh (all properties)
  • The Gardens, Leigh (all properties)
  • Leigh Park Road, Leigh (all properties)
  • New Road, Leigh (all properties)
  • Ray Cottages, Leigh (all properties)
  • Uttons Avenue, Leigh (all properties)

Restrictions on permitted development that now require planning permission

65-77 (odd) Leigh Hill only:

  • Constructing an access to the highway
  • Hard standings for vehicles

All other properties


  • The alteration of any window.
  • The rendering of brickwork of any part of a dwellinghouse (other forms of cladding already need planning permission).
  • Re-roofing with different materials.
  • Hard standings for vehicles.

(Similar alterations to other properties (including flats) already need planning permission from the Council.)

All Buildings:

  • The painting over facing brickwork on any part of a building.

No fee is needed for a planning application required by the Direction. The Direction will be reviewed from time to time.

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