New appraisal will protect and enhance Somerford Keynes Conservation Area
Release date: 6 April 2018
Cotswold District Council has completed a conservation area appraisal for the Somerford Keynes Conservation Area to help protect and enhance its important historic environment and landscape. The Council wanted to make sure that local issues were highlighted in the appraisal and carried out extensive public consultation prior to publication. At the same time as preparing the appraisal, the existing boundaries of the Conservation Area were reviewed and some additional land has been added to the Conservation Area, mainly to the west of the village.
Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington explains the significance of this achievement.
“This is a succinct document which is understandable to the layman. It will be used by the Council and others, such as the Parish Council, developers and local residents to guide development management and planning policy decisions because it provides important background information about the character of the Conservation Area and the significance of its features. Crucially, this approach should provide a quicker and more user-friendly way of carrying out boundary reviews and appraisals.
“This project was a pilot and we are undertaking two more. Once all three pilots are completed we will assess whether the costs and benefits of the work warrant the preparation of further appraisals and boundary reviews.
“We would like to thank the Parish Council and the local community for their help with this review, especially the owners of properties directly affected by the changes.”
The appraisal is available for viewing on our website - please go to 'Conservation Area Maps and Statement' and select Somerford Keynes. Further information about Conservation Area appraisals and related issues is also available.