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Planning & Licensing

Leigh-on-Sea Town Council (LTC) have chosen to be a consultee regarding planning applications submitted within its area. Southend Borough Council notify LTC of all the applications within the Town Council area. LTC will print the plans and application off for consideration at the twice monthly Planning and Licensing meetings. Members of the public can call into the LTC office to inspect the plans and attend the Planning and Licensing meeting to express their views. LTC have produced a leaflet to explain public participation in the Planning process.

Link to Information Leaflet on Public Participation in Planning

Planning Applications can be searched on the SBC Planning Portal (Link)

Guidance for Residents on Planning Applications

Southend Borough Council Guidance on Commenting on Planning Applications

TC also monitors Licensing applications within its area and will make represntations to the Licensing Committee at Southend BC when there are issues that affect its residents.

Listed Buildings

Listed Buildings Leaflet & Listed Building Descriptions

Locally Listed Buildings

Leigh UDC Offices 1912

Official Opening of Leigh Urban District Council Offices, Elm Road 29th May 1912 - Now the Police Station

Locally Listed Buildings Leaflet

Historic Churches in Leigh-on-Sea

St Clements Church Leaflet St Margaret's Church Leaflet

Conservation Areas

The first conservation areas were designated in 1967 and there are now over 8,000 conservation areas in England. They are designated for their special architectural and historic interest.

How is a conservation area designated?

Most conservation areas are designated by the Council as the local planning authority. English Heritage can designate conservation areas in London, where they have to consult the relevant London Borough Council and obtain the consent of the Secretary of State for National Heritage. The Secretary of State can also designate in exceptional circumstances - usually where the area is of more than local interest.

What does designation mean?

Property Alterations: If you live in or run a business from a property in a conservation area you may need permission from the Planning Authority before making alterations such as cladding, inserting windows, installing satellite dishes and solar panels, adding conservatories or other extensions, laying paving or building walls. As the Council can change the types of alterations that need permission by making Article 4 Directions it is advisable to contact the Council before making arrangements to starting any work.

Trees: If you are thinking of cutting down a tree or doing any pruning work you must notify the Council 6 weeks in advance. This is to give the Council time to assess the contribution the tree makes to the character of the conservation area and decide whether to make a Tree Preservation Order.

Demolition or substantial demolition of a building within a conservation area will usually require permission from the Council.

Leigh-on-Sea Conservation Areas - Do's and Don'ts

Southend Borough Council have issued a new leaflet regarding what residents can and can't do to their properties within the Leigh Conservation areas of which there are four Leigh Old Town, Leigh, Leigh Cliff and Chapmanslord.

Link to the Leaflet - Do's and Don'ts

Map of Leigh Conservation Area

Map of Leigh Conservation Area and link to information leaflet © Southend Borough Council 2013

Link to SBC Leigh Conservation Area Appraisals - Part 1 & Part 2

Map of Leigh Cliff Conservation Area

Map of Leigh Cliff Conservation Area and link to information leaflet © Southend Borough Council 2013

Link to SBC Leigh Cliff Conservation Area Appraisal

Map of Leigh Old Town Conservation Area

Map of Leigh Old Town Conservation Area and link to information leaflet © Southend Borough Council 2013

Link to SBC Leigh Old Town Appraisal

About Chapmanslord Conservation Area

Chapmanslord Conservation Area Map

Map of Chapmanslord Conservation Area © Southend Borough Council 2013

Chapmanslord is the most recent conservation area designation. It was designated in September 2004 and includes 1-31 & 2-44 Canvey Road, 1-5 Ray Close, 1-10 Ray Walk, 81-82 Marine Parade.

A character appraisal of the area identified its special architectural and historic interest. It was an estate developed by the Chapmanslord Housing Society during the early 1920s as part of the Government's 'Homes for Heroes' campaign and has a distinctive and attractive character. In summary, its special interest is:

  • It was part of the 'Homes For Heroes' campaign after World War I.
  • It is an example of early 20th century Garden City planning with a distinctive housing layout and street design.
  • It has a distinctive townscape stemming from its planned layout - most of the area has an enclosed 'Arcadian' character with abundant informal landscaping (public & private).
  • The estate combines Arts and Crafts architecture with a variety of house types having a cottage character.
  • The estate has design unity with a common palette of materials and features.

Designation has a number of implications for property owners:  

  • Development which may be carried out as 'permitted development' (ie without the need for the Council's consent) is more limited, notably the size of extensions to houses is reduced from 70 to 50 cu metres, changes to the shape of a roof all now require a planning application and satellite dishes may no longer be placed on front elevations without the Council's consent. Some minor forms of Permitted Development is now controlled by an Article 4 Direction and will require planning permission.
  • Planning applications will need to take account of conservation policies and guidelines, and the Character Appraisal, and will normally be required to preserve or enhance the character of the area.
  • 'Conservation Area Consent' is required for substantial demolition of buildings.
  • In most cases, proposed work to trees requires six weeks prior notification to the Council. 
  • The repair and restoration of windows facing the highway are eligible for Window Grants from the Council.

© Southend Borough Council 2013

Chapmanslord Conservation Area Article 4 Direction

Some minor forms of development are classed as 'permitted development' and are normally exempt from planning permission. However, in Chapmanslord Conservation Area an Article 4 Direction has been made, with the support of residents, withdrawing some of these exemptions so that features are thought to be integral to the special character of the conservation area or minor development that may harm the conservation area are controlled. Therefore Planning Permission from the Council is now needed for the following types of development:

  • The alteration of any window which fronts a highway.
  • The alteration of any door which fronts a highway.
  • Re-roofing with different materials.
  • The installation of hardstanding for vehicles at the front.
  • The erection or construction of an extension or addition to a flank wall.
  • The erection or construction of a canopy or porch to a flank wall.
  • The erection, construction or alteration of a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure fronting the highway.
  • The demolition of the whole or part of a gate, wall, fence or other means of enclosure fronting the highway.

These restrictions apply to all properties in the Chapmanslord Conservation Area. No fee is needed for a planning application required by the Direction. The Direction will be reviewed from time to time. 

© Southend Borough Council 2013

Details of Planning & Licensing Committee and Terms of Reference