Views Sought On Cirencester Conservation Areas

The public will have their say this spring as Cotswold District Council proposes to redraw the boundaries of Cirencesterís four Conservation Areas.

Under guidelines from English Heritage, the Councilís conservation team will start a six-week consultation with residents this month, over the first changes to Cirencesterís Conservation Area boundaries since 1991.

A Character Appraisal and Management Plan (CAMP) has been prepared for each Conservation Area. These define the special architectural and historic interest of the area, and identify any potential threats to its special character. They also provide guidelines on the positive management of change.

The public are invited to submit their views and comments by April 25th. The documents will be available for viewing on www.cotswold.gov.uk from Monday March 17th and those wishing to comment are asked to use the form on the web site and submit it electronically or by post. The documents will also be available on CD from the Council Offices in Trinity Road.

Public presentations of the Conservation Area CAMPs will take place at 3pm and 7pm on Thursday March 27th at the Council Chamber in Trinity Road. All are welcome.

The comments will be analysed and a report placed on the website summarising the Councilís response to the public comments. The Council will then officially adopt Cirencesterís new conservation boundaries and the Conservation Area CAMPs

The four new areas of Cirencester proposed for a conservation rethink are:

  • Cirencester: The Park Conservation Area
  • Cirencester: The Gloucester Street and River Walk Conservation Area
  • Cirencester Town Centre Conservation AreaCirencester South Conservation Area

The Cotswolds has the highest number of conservation areas in England (144) and the Council has a duty to review the boundaries and propose ways to preserve and enhance their special and distinctive qualities on a regular basis.

Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest and are the subject of national legislation designed to ensure their preservation and enhancement.

Anyone wishing to discuss the documents can contact Sandy Hamilton, at sandy.hamilton@cotswold.gov.uk or on telephone 01285 623000.

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