Have your say on the expansion of Brackley, Towcester and Eydon conservation areas
South Northamptonshire Council is consulting residents on the expansion of the Towcester, Brackley, Brackley Old Town and Eydon conservation areas and is requesting responses by the beginning of December.
Designed to protect and enhance the special character of the area they cover, conservation areas provide stricter guidelines for planning permissions and may also prevent the demolition of buildings which contribute to the area’s character. Extending the existing conservation areas would mean more historic buildings are protected, including a section of Victorian development in Towcester and the street frontage at the heart of Brackley Old Town.
A similar consultation in Litchborough earlier in the year resulted in additional amendments to the draft Litchborough conservation area in response to residents’ feedback.
Councillor Rebecca Breese, portfolio holder for environmental policy, said: “Extending the conservation area is not intended to prevent change within the town or district but rather to ensure the important historical aspects of the town and the character of the area are sustained and enhanced.
“The comments and views of local residents are an important part of this process so I would urge residents to get in contact with our heritage team with any comments, before the consultation deadline.”
Responses to the Towcester and Brackley consultations must be received by Monday, 5 December, while the deadline for responses to the Eydon appraisal are needed by Friday, 9 December.
The draft plans are available to view at www.southnorthants.gov.uk/688.htm or South Northamptonshire Council’s office at Towcester, as well as the relevant town or parish council. Comments and views should be submitted to the heritage team at email@example.com or on either 01327 322 249 or 01327 322 262.