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Give your views on updated plans for conservation areas

Give your views on updated plans for conservation areas

People are invited to give their views on plans which aim to protect the historic interest of Daventry town centre and the historic core of Brixworth. 

The consultations have been launched by Daventry District Council as part of a wider review of the District’s conservation areas - areas considered worthy of preservation or enhancement because of their special architectural or historic interest.

Designation as a conservation area puts in place tighter planning controls for anyone seeking permission to alter or demolish a building, or carry out work to trees, in order to maintain the special interest of the area.

The review aims to ensure that the District’s conservation areas are still fit for purpose. It will look at whether their boundaries should be changed and whether further controls should be introduced within them. The case for new conservation areas will also be considered as part of the process. 

The Daventry town centre and Brixworth conservation areas are the latest to come under review, and draft Appraisal and Management Plans have been produced for each area with the help of feedback received during public displays held earlier this year. The Daventry town centre document also includes a brief appraisal of the former hamlet of Drayton, now part of Daventry town.

People now have until 5pm on Monday 4 September to comment on the drafts, with any feedback received being used to help shape the final documents.

It is intended that the final versions would be adopted by the Council as supplementary planning documents, giving them an official status to help in the making of planning decisions.

The draft Appraisal and Management Plan for the Daventry town centre conservation area proposes an extension of the boundary to take in part of Badby Road and removal of certain areas consisting solely of modern buildings.

In Brixworth, it is proposed to extend the conservation area to include the former estate land at Brixworth Hall Park and the four Swedish Houses on Froghall.

Both plans make proposals for introducing a number of ‘Article 4’ directions to protect historic features in specific locations, as well as for protecting a number of properties by designating them as locally-listed buildings.

The draft appraisal and management plans and details of how to comment on them can be found at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/ConservationAreas 

They are also available for inspection at DDC’s offices in Lodge Road, Daventry as well as at the libraries in Daventry, Moulton, Brixworth, Long Buckby and Woodford Halse.

*There will be an opportunity to discuss the draft Appraisal and Management Plan for the Daventry town centre conservation area at Daventry Museum, in New Street, from 4pm to 5pm on Monday 24 July.

*A meeting to discuss the proposals for the Brixworth conservation area will take place at Brixworth Community Centre in Spratton Road on Tuesday 25 July from 6pm to 7pm. 

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