Owners of Brighton and Hove’s historic buildings should have a clearer idea of how to repair and restore them with the publication of new guide.
The guide, Architectural Features, covers the Regency, Victorian and Edwardian buildings that contribute to the city’s success as a tourist destination.
Brighton and Hove City Council published the guide to everything from bay windows and balconies to paths, porches, roofs and railings.
The detailed planning guidance is aimed at owners of listed buildings and other historic buildings in Brighton and Hove’s numerous conservation areas.
Architects, surveyors and representatives of heritage groups were invited to comment on the initial proposals, according to the council.
It said that many of their comments had been incorporated in the final draft.
The council reported English Heritage as saying the document was ambitious and worthwhile.
It also said that the Brighton Society, the Kemp Town Society, Rottingdean Preservation Society and Save Hove had all welcomed the proposals, subject to various comments.
The council said: “The document focuses on the original external architectural features of buildings that give them historic character and add to the attractiveness of the street scene, from roofs and walls to doors and windows.
“It clearly sets out the designs and materials likely to be acceptable to council planners when considering plans to repair and restore historic buildings in the city.
“The advice should provide building owners with a smoother transition through the planning process and reduce the risk of mistakes being made and work having to be rectified.”
Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, a member of the council cabinet, said: “Historic buildings give Brighton and Hove its distinct character and appearance, and are part of the city’s cultural heritage.
“They also attract visitors to the city, making an important contribution to the local economy.
“It is essential that owners of these buildings get the proper advice and information when restoring and repairing their properties to help preserve them for future generations.”
The document will be considered by Cllr Theobald at an environment cabinet meeting on Thursday 17 December.
If approved, the guide will be available on the council’s website early in the new year.
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