Manchester City Council

Sports, leisure & the Arts Chorlton Green Conservation Area

Improvement and enhancement

Chorlton Green is an ancient settlement which has been a small, quiet backwater for many centuries. Commercial activity is still limited to a few shops, public houses and a garage. Whenever existing uses cease, conversion of the old buildings is preferable to demolition and redevelopment. In designing new development, Chorlton Green's agricultural origins should be borne in mind.

Chorlton Green is a very small conservation area, and yet the style and material of buildings varies considerably. Building characteristics as noted in the Townscape section will assist designers in preparing new schemes. The bell-tower gatehouse at the entrance to the old churchyard is undoubtedly the most important structure in the area because it is unique. The Trevor Arms is also of great interest because of the extensive use made in its construction of 'faience' or glazed terra cotta.

The most common wall material used in the area is brick. This solid, traditional material should be used for new buildings and for extensions to existing ones, rather than cladding, concrete, glass and plastic. Notice should be taken of the general character of existing features, such as garden walls, hedges, gate posts, porches, and the styles and colours of window frames and roofing materials, so that new elements may be designed to harmonize with them.

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