Ulley to become a conservation area

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The village of Ulley has become Rotherham’s latest conservation site, putting a block on future development in the area.

Located around six miles from Rotherham town centre, the village is the 28th conservation area in the borough.

Coun Gerald Smith, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet member for regeneration and development, agreed to the designation of the majority of Ulley village as a conservation area, recognising the village’s ‘special characteristics’ as well as its historic, archaeological and architectural features.

He said the designation, supported by Ulley Parish Council, means the village’s unique character will be protected in the future.

He added: “Ulley is special. It is very much a working village but is also one of Rotherham’s idyllic settlements, lying in an area of High Landscape Value.”

“By becoming a Conservation Area the character of Ulley will be retained and protected as any future development will have to enhance and not detract from its current appeal.”

The designation means tighter planning controls on any future development in the village.

Apart from very small buildings, planning consent will be required for the demolition of buildings.

There will be less permitted development rights and the authority must advertise any planning application, which proposes development likely to affect the character and appearance of the area.

Trees within the area are also protected and works on them cannot be carried out unless written notice is given to the council.

The chairman of Ulley Parish Council, Coun Peter Hubbard, added: “It’s great news that Ulley has been declared a Conservation Area.”

“We have been pushing for this for some years and it’s rewarding to see all that effort finally resulting in a positive outcome.”