Council in ‘wrong doors’ warning to residents of World Heritage site

OPEN AND SHUT CASE?: The historic village of Saltaire, where some of the doors, including the two on the right, are deemed unacceptable in the World Heritage site.
OPEN AND SHUT CASE?: The historic village of Saltaire, where some of the doors, including the two on the right, are deemed unacceptable in the World Heritage site.
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THE owners of several listed properties in the World Heritage site of Saltaire are facing council action after the wrong kind of doors were fitted.

Five properties in the Victorian village have been sent planning enforcement letters telling them to remove the doors.

Conservation rules for Saltaire state that traditional materials must be used for doors and a template of original door designs must be followed. Anyone wanting to carry out work must seek listed building planning consent.

The vast majority of Saltaire homes are listed.

Enforcement notices have been sent to properties in Fanny Street, Whitlam Street, William Henry Street and Mary Street for “inappropriate design and materials”.

Former councillor David Ford, who owns Saltaire Bookshop, supports conservation action but claimed Bradford Council was overseeing an “inappropriate” modern design at a proposed Shipley College building.

“It is important that individuals and the Council work together to protect the village and at the moment the council aren’t sending out the right message. People are starting to argue that their individual door or window counts for little if the council supports inappropriate developments within Saltaire.”

Helen Thornton, the council’s World Heritage site officer said: “There are set designs for windows and doors in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saltaire. The designs which need to be used are a reflection of the historic nature of the house and when it was built. Residents can find out which is the right design for their house by contacting the council.”

Residents should seek advice before carrying out work “in order to maintain the unique character of the World Heritage site,” she said.

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