UNAUTHORISED development in Moray won’t be tolerated.
That’s the message from Moray Council’s planning committee who have, at their latest meeting, been forced to take enforcement action against homeowners in Cullen and Forres Conservation Areas.
These residents have ignored planning regulations, which are in place to safeguard the heritage and integrity of Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas, by replacing timber-framed windows with uPVC windows - without seeking advice or permission.
Moray Council’s Chair of Planning & Regulatory Services Committee, Cllr David Bremner, said there was no excuse for homeowners or other developers to ignore or flout the regulations.
“Before making any changes to Listed Buildings, or any property within a Conservation Area, contact should first be made with our Development Management to assess any works that may need planning permission or other consent.
“There’s advice on the council’s website on how to seek free planning advice for householder developments and properties which are listed buildings.
“Having a property that is listed or lies in a Conservation Area is an asset and the responsibility of making changes to such properties needs to be taken seriously. Ill-considered changes can have a serious negative impact on the character of the Conservation Area.
“Action will be taken to regulate development that is carried out without the necessary consent, to preserve the character of Moray’s heritage and protect our Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas from inappropriate and unauthorised development.”
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.