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Trying to preserve special terrace at Mundesley

PUBLISHED: 11:00 26 June 2011

Historic Russell Terrace at Mundesley.

Historic Russell Terrace at Mundesley.

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An unspoilt historic terrace of houses in a seaside village is getting extra protection from the trappings of modern life through some rare planning powers.

Russell Terrace in Mundesley is a string of 23 Edwardian Arts and Crafts style houses tucked down an unmade side road off the village high street.

The architecture dating back to 1904 has neat symmetry, and detail particularly in and around its doors, windows.

Conservationists say the frontages are “remarkable” as most still have the original sash windows, even though side and rear frames have been altered.

Because the houses are now aging and the windows showing signs of decay officials are keen to ensure any improvements to the terrace do not harm its character.

So North Norfolk District Council is planning to get them covered by an “article 4 direction” - a rare piece of extra planning control used in less than 10 locations across the district.

Conservation manager Phil Godwin said homes did not normally need to seek permission to do some improvements and additions such as windows, doors, porches, roof materials, facade paint, garden walls and satellite dishes.

The dishes had “particularly blighted” the terrace and the extra powers would stop them being installed on front or side elevations, he added.

The terrace has been highlighted through a local conservation area assessment and the idea of the powers discussed in consultations with property owners who were in favour.

“A balance needs to be struck between people’s desire to have these thing and conservation.

“This is a planning authority trying to use its powers in a positive way to prevent the erosion of character - through good localism and getting people involved,” said Mr Godwin.

Resident Jane Reeve-Webster said the terrace’s charm was the reason they moved there seven years ago.

She was in favour of council’s measures saying “a lot of people do appreciate the value of the properties but in the future there could be some who do not.”


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