Conservation Areas across the country are rich in architectural history, and are often home to period properties spanning many eras. Conservation status offers greater protection to buildings and the spaces around them, and makes them subject to special planning controls by the local authority in order to protect their status.

One such Conservation Area is Cale Green in Stockport. A relatively ‘new’ Conservation Area, the zone only received Conservation status by Stockport County Council in 2006.

There are two distinct character areas within the Cale Green Conservation Area.

To the north is a multitude of buildings, focused around the ancient route to Adswood and Cheadle formed by Adswood Lane East, Adswood Lane West and Adswood Road. The original agricultural hamlet of Cale Green grew up around this route in the vicinity of the Adswood hotel. No pre-19th Century buildings survive, but small-scale incremental developments and re-developments of houses, industry and community buildings from the early and mid-19th Century can be identified around Adswood Lane, Green Street and Meyer Street.

To the south, a more formal grid of streets surrounds Cale Green Park. This area was rapidly developed on open farmland over a 30-year period around the turn of the 19th Century and has a spacious and architecturally uniform appearance. Streets of brick-built detached, semi-detached and terraced villas give a clear residential character to this part of the Conservation Area, while street trees and private front and rear gardens create a green and leafy quality in the suburb.

Hobart Terrace is an example of one of the earliest rows of terraced houses in the area, dating back to 1855 during the Victoria era.

At yoursashwindows.com we have carried out many sash and casement window restoration and replacement work within the Cale Green Conservation Area. As mentioned above, the objective of a Conservation Area is to preserve character. Therefore, the consequence is restrictions on making visible changes to the buildings and walls of structures that fall within the Cale Green Conservation Area boundary. Any work must have prior consent from Stockport County Council and be carried out in a way that is sympathetic to the existing character of the area, which can make uPVC windows, unsympathetic dormer windows and painting or rendering on walls very difficult to put through. Notice must also be given before trees are cut down, in case the Council wishes to object. It is more onerous on residents, but there is usually no charge for making planning applications, where an application would not be necessary if it weren’t in a Conservation Area.

It is to be hoped that residents welcome these controls in return for protecting the character of the area however, it is easy to fall foul of these limits. One Cale Green homeowner found himself on the wrong side of the Council when he cut back overgrown trees on his property in 2014. The full story can be found here: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/stockport-homeowner-clive-salter-fined-7554218

If you live in a Stockport Conservation Area like Cale Green and are looking for expert help maintaining the traditional sash or casement windows – or any other joinery aspect – of your property, please contact us. We take immense pride in restoring original features back to their former glory and painstakingly create exact replicas where the originals cannot be saved. Our standard of workmanship often satisfies local authority planning permissions and we can even help you with the necessary paperwork.

Contact us for a no obligation quote. Call 0333 600 0196 or email enquiry@yoursashwindows.com.