Conservation status given to Guiseley's Tranmere Park

7:00am Saturday 8th June 2013

By Annette McIntyre

A unique part of Guiseley is set to get extra protection with the introduction of a Conservation Area.

Proposals are now being put forward for a Conservation Area in Tranmere Park which will be bigger than originally proposed, following a period of consultation.

The proposals have the support of all three of Guiseley and Rawdon’s ward councillors.

Councillor Pat Latty said: “The houses in the Tranmere Park estate are really quite unique, with many local people believing that no two houses are the same. Much of the housing is wonderfully designed and the area certainly has a unique character all of its own. I am delighted that we will now be able to introduce a conservation area and provide added protection from unwanted development that could threaten this very special part of Guiseley.”

Councillor Paul Wadsworth added: “This area to the west of Guiseley was established in medieval times and built out in the 1920s and 1930s with development going on for a number of years following that. Its location on the very edge of town does mean that any development in this area could extend into green belt land and in my view should be considered inappropriate.

“I am delighted that the North West Outer Area Committee was able to back this conservation area scheme that will protect local history and character.”

Councillor Graham Latty said: “I was very pleased to be able to help and encourage residents to write and publish the Tranmere Design Statement, and even more delighted that we have been able to take this very special area forward into Conservation Area status.

“The arts and crafts style of the houses in Tranmere Park gives it a special character. Even though development took place over a number of years the same style has largely been preserved.

“Any planning permission, requests to demolish property or cut down trees will now be required to show that it enhances and preserves the area which will clearly be a positive and I am fully supportive of it.”

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