Conservation area review considered

Daventry District Council Offices
Daventry District Council Offices

Daventry district councillors will meet next week to consider proposals for a fresh {|review of some of the conservation areas in Daventry District|DDC}.

Members of Daventry District Council’s strategy group will discuss plans for a two-year work programme to assess conservation areas for any changes, harm or improvements and whether to set aside £128,000 to help fund further related work on conservation planning.

There are currently 23 conservation areas in Daventry district, covering areas of special architectural or historic interest to preserve or enhance their character.

Eight of these conservation areas have character appraisals, guidance that defines why the area is special and helps to shape the form and style of future development of the area.

DDC says having more and more recent character appraisals would help the planning process by speeding up the way conservation issues are assessed on applications for developments, such as wind turbine proposals and major housing schemes.

As well as reviewing existing conservation areas to see if any boundary changes are required, the case for some new conservation areas may be considered. The opportunity to consider extra funding has largely arisen due to recent increases in fee income from planning applications.

Councillor Alan Chantler, DDC’s strategic planning portfolio holder said: “It is important that we consider doing what we can to preserve the identity and heritage of our District and conservation areas play a key role in this process.

“Many planning applications for new developments have conservation implications and Local Plans also need to take heritage into account. We need to ensure we are well-equipped to deal with these issues.”

Strategy Group members will consider the report on Thursday, February 13 from 6.15pm. The proposals will then go to a meeting of full council on February 27.