HOMEOWNERS in Inglewhite are facing a ban on making simple changes to their homes without planning permission.
Preston Council is consulting on a new conservation area plan in the historic village to prevent changes to the character of the area.
Concerns have been raised that changes to windows, doors and other exterior features of houses could affect the look of the village and an ‘article 4 direction’, which removes permitted development rights from homes, should be introduced to protect it.
Affected householders would not be stopped completely from making such changes, but would first need permission from the council.
A report, to members of the Preston Council’s cabinet states: “Removal of permitted development rights would prevent the loss of characteristic architectural detailing or the gradual erosion of the character and appearance of the conservation area through inappropriate development.
“It would not prevent residents from making alterations to their properties, it is just that they would now require planning consent.”
Coun Ken Hudson, councillor for Preston Rural North and an Inglewhite resident, said: “Most of the villagers are in favour of this and want to see the rural character of the village retained.
“It does not prevent all development, it just means it has to be sympathetic to the conservation area.”
Only certain houses will be affected by the move.
But among the development which would need planning permission if the article 4 direction was introduced are changing windows and doors, installing a satellite dish and laying a patio or driveway.
Goosnargh Parish Council were asked by Preston City Council for their views for an up-to-date character appraisal on the village late last year.
It was agreed by councillors no further changes were needed for the conservation area.
Inglewhite is also being looked at because of concerns over the standard of one of the village’s most valued historical buildings, the former Black Bull inn, which is currently vacant. The report also recommends that the building should be “safeguarded from further disrepair.”