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Views sought on review of Whittlesey conservation area and management plan

Residents are being invited to have their say on a review of the Whittlesey conservation area and proposed new management plan through a public consultation.

Whittlesey Conservation Area Appraisal

Fenland District Council has prepared a draft Whittlesey Conservation Area Appraisal and draft Whittlesey Conservation Area Management Plan to help support, maintain and enhance the area in future.

The authority is now seeking the public's views on the documents, which will be available to view during a public consultation running from Monday, March 26, to Monday, April 23.

A display outlining the two documents can be viewed at Whittlesey Town Council offices in Grosvenor Road for the duration of the consultation.

A public consultation event is also being held at Whittlesey Library, Market Street, on Monday, April 9, from 9.30am when a Fenland District Council conservation officer will be on hand to answer any questions.

Conservation areas are areas of special architectural and historic interest, formally designated by local authorities to recognise their interests and provide them with protection.

Conservation area appraisals set out the special qualities of the area, identifying elements of the built environment and natural features which contribute to their unique character, appearance and sense of place. Management plans focus on issues identified in the appraisal which may harm the special interests of the conservation area or may require further review. This information is used to set objectives to manage change, address issues and identify enhancements.

Conservation area appraisals also form an important part of the planning process, providing applicants with a guide to help ensure proposals developed are appropriate for the area.

Cllr Dee Laws, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Planning, said: "Conservation areas are an important tool to help the Council maintain and enhance a high quality environment. It is important we review these areas to ensure they are properly looked after, and that significant elements are recognised and preserved correctly.

"Our conservation officers will work closely with the community to make sure people have their voices heard, and opinions considered. I'd encourage as many people as possible to take a look at the appraisal and management plan and send us their feedback by April 23."

Anyone unable to attend the display at the town council offices or public consultation event will be able to view the draft appraisal and management plan online, from Monday, March 26, at: www.fenland.gov.uk/consultations

Any comments or suggestions on the draft documents should be submitted by 5pm on Monday, April 23. They can be submitted by emailing: conservation@fenland.gov.uk, left in writing at Whittlesey Town Council offices or sent to: Conservation Section, Fenland District Council, Fenland Hall, County Road, March, PE15 8NQ.

Article added: March 23, 2018