Alterations To Properties
Under the terms of the lease or conveyance, the Estate’s prior consent is required before alteration work takes place. The Estate always ensures that alterations, particularly to the exterior of the property, are in keeping with the architectural style of the property and locality. New windows and doors should match the original features, so as not to detract from the building.
Where properties are rendered and painted the colours should be of a pastel or restrained shade and Estate staff will be happy to discuss preferences. Where there are plaster mouldings these can be picked out in contrasting colours in keeping with the building. Metal railings should be of a dark colour, (e.g. black or deep green) with gold tops, Chimney stacks and pots on older buildings should not be removed as it detracts from the Victorian style, the preservation of which is at the heart of the town’s economic success.
There are many Conservation areas in Conwy County Borough, including large parts of Llandudno, which recognise areas of special architectural and historic interest, and any alterations or changes in exterior colours in these areas are subject to special planning controls. A significant number of properties are also listed. For advice and information, please telephone Conwy County Borough Council on (01492) 574000. Approved colour lists and guidance are available from the Estate Office.
Changes Of Use
The leases and conveyances frequently designate the uses of the properties. The Estate will only grant the consent if it is satisfied that the change does not detract from the residential or commercial nature of the properties location. Also, changes may require a planning consent.
The leases require the property to be kept in good order and repair. Older properties require regular attention, such as cleaning gutters, down-pipes and gulleys to prevent damp penetration. Preventative measures against building damage save time and money for property owners and lessees. Exterior painting, generally every 4-5 years, in appropriate colours keeps the area attractive and protects wood and metal work, avoiding the need for costly replacements.