People are invited to give their views on plans which aim to protect the historic interest of the villages of Braunston and Kilsby.
The consultations have been launched by Daventry District Council (DDC) 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 purpose of the review is to ensure that the District’s conservation areas are fit for purpose. It will look at whether their boundaries should be changed and whether further controls should be introduced within them.
Draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan documents have been drawn up for both Kilsby and Braunston, and people have until 5pm on Monday 15 October to give their views on them.
In Braunston there is an existing conservation area covering much of the historic village as well as Braunston Marina and a section of the Grand Union Canal. The appraisal proposes some small extension and reductions in the boundary to align the conservation area with modern plot boundaries.
In Kilsby the appraisal sets out proposals for a new conservation area focussed in the centre of the village and covering parts of Manor Road, Church Walk, Watling Street, Chapel Lane, Main Road and Essen Lane.
In both villages there are proposals to place Article 4 Directions on certain buildings to add further protection to them, as well as to add a number of historic properties to the Local List - a catalogue of buildings and structures that are considered to be of special local interest.
People can find out more about the proposals for Kilsby and Braunston at public drop-in sessions being held this month.
- The Kilsby event runs at Kilsby Village Hall from 3.30pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday 19 September.
- The Braunston event is at Braunston Village Hall from 3.30pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday 25 September.
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, the libraries in Daventry, Moulton, Brixworth, Long Buckby and Woodford Halse, at the George Hotel in Kilsby, and at the Community Café in Braunston.
Feedback received during the consultation will be used to help shape the final documents. It is intended that the final versions will be adopted by the Council as supplementary planning documents, giving them an official status to help in the determining of planning decisions.