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Welcome to the website of the Hoylake Conservation Areas Association
The Quadrant dominates the south end of Market Street
Both Meols Drive and The Kings Gap are designated as Conservation Areas and are two of a total of 26 throughout the Wirral.
What exactly does it mean to be in a Conservation Area?
A Conservation Area is defined by an Act of Parliament as ‘an area of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.’
This means that planning rules are much more strict in a conservation area than outside it, the aim being to preserve the key features and characteristics of the area for both current and future generations to enjoy.
How is this achieved?
Here in Hoylake, the integrity of both these areas is vested in a small voluntary committee of residents. All planning applications for developments in the Kings Gap and Meols Drive conservation areas are notified to the committee by the Planning Department of our Local Planning Authority, Wirral Council. Although not experts, the committee is thus given the opportunity to assess and comment on the applications, guide the Council to take full account of matters of heritage and conservation and represent the views of local residents. In particular, the committee looks at compliance with published planning documents at national and local level to ensure that the scale, density, materials, landscaping and access are sympathetic to the general characteristics.
Characteristic red sandstone wall
Areas of immediate concern to homeowners and their neighbours tend to be: home extensions, conservatories, trees, solar panels and dormer or velux type windows. Guidance is available on all these matters on this website or by contacting any member of the committee. Generally, we encourage open dialogue with neighbours when considering any development or work which will affect the appearance of the property.
We are also very keen that local estate agents and conveyancing solicitors pay particular attention to the requirements of conservation in their documentation.