City centre under discussion

PUBLISHED: 18:29 31 August 2007 | UPDATED: 12:46 04 May 2010

The future of Ely s City Centre is under discussion at the Old Gaol next week. Almost the whole of the city centre has been certified as a conservation area, an area of architectural and historic value. The area could be extended to about twice its cu

The future of Ely's City Centre is under discussion at the Old Gaol next week.

Almost the whole of the city centre has been certified as a conservation area, an area of architectural and historic value.

The area could be extended to about twice its current size if East Cambridgeshire District Council's proposals are accepted.

If your house or business premises are within the boundaries of the new, larger conservation area you will have to get special planning permission to carry out building work. Chopping down trees, demolishing buildings and even painting your house a colour which the council decides is out of keeping with the area can all be ruled illegal by local authority. They have the legal right to issue preservation orders to prevent residents and business owners from making changes to their own properties.

The new area will stretch from the boundary with Ely Golf course to the railway line, around the nature trail, Paradise Field and the allotments, almost as far as Ely College and round to St John's School.

All Ely residents will have the chance to see and comment on the proposed changes between 2.30pm and 7pm on Wednesday September 5 at the Old Gaol in Market Street. A detailed map of the boundary will be on display then so residents can see at a glance if their house is included in the plans.

Rosie Burton, Conservation Officer for East Cambridgeshire District Council said: "So far we have only had a few comments from members of the public which either means everyone is happy with the proposals or have not yet submitted their thoughts. It is important that if you have a question or a point of view you get in touch with us - if I don't have you feedback then I cannot allow for them when we set the final boundaries.

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