Manchester City Council

Sports, leisure & the Arts Chorltonville Conservation area

Improvement and enhancement

It is not envisaged that any major development will take place in the foreseeable future; indeed the main aim of designation is to ensure that the character and quality of both the buildings and the spaces between them is retained. As with all conservation areas, attention must be paid to maintaining harmony with regard to building heights and the colour of materials.

The owners of properties will be encouraged to replace like for like when considering repairs to walls, roofs, windows and mouldings. It is essential that artificial materials such as UPVC are not used for windows or concrete for walls and that existing brick and stone elements are not painted. Areas of render may be painted in neutral colours, preferably white.

The roofs on the Chorltonville houses were originally all plain red tiles, and ideally these, as opposed to other materials, should be used as replacements. Windows should follow the pattern of the originals they replace. It is possible to retain the leaded lights and install double glazing and keep the same relationship to walls - i.e. the window recessed into the wall.

Where boundary treatments are being renewed, hedges (preferably privet as in the original boundary hedges) are more appropriate than fences. Gateposts should be replaced in timber rather than concrete.

Many of the original cast-iron street lamp standards remain today, but some have been replaced by modern steel poles. An improvement to the area would be made if these were replaced by lamps identical or similar to the originals.

Vehicles need to be kept off the grass verges and the few concrete bollards which have been installed to achieve this should be replaced with stone.

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