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Monday, September 01, 2014

Time to give your views on new draft Conservation Area Character Appraisals

Residents are being given the chance to comment on important planning documents relating to areas of Tarleton and Burscough.

West Lancashire Borough Council is asking residents what they think about two draft documents it has produced to update character appraisals for the Fulwood and Douglas Conservation Area and the Junction Lane Conservation Area.

A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character of which is considered worthy of protection and improvement. It is the combination of the buildings, street patterns, open spaces, vistas, landmarks and other features which give a conservation area its distinctive character. 

Under planning legislation the Council has wider powers than usual to control development which might damage the area’s character. The controls which exist in conservation areas are set out in these character appraisal documents. These set out the historic context of the area, identify key buildings and places, highlight features that make an area special and look at how these important places can best be managed.  They also set out any new recommendations for the area, including whether changes are needed to the present conservation area boundary.

The Council wants local residents to give their views on these two conservation areas, as part of its on-going programme of reviewing its conservation area character appraisals. The public consultation lasts until 4pm on 26 September 2014.

Councillor Martin Forshaw, portfolio holder for Planning and Development, said: “The Council takes issues around conservation areas very seriously and we are keen to hear the public’s views on these important documents. We are happy to hear from residents across the borough but we particularly want to encourage people from Tarleton and Burscough to comment.”

The comments received as a result of this consultation, together with other survey work will be taken into account by Council members later this year when they consider whether to approve the revised Character Appraisals.

For full information and to give your comments please visit heritage and environment. Alternatively you can email your views to cerys.edwards@westlancs.gov.uk or you can call Cerys on 01695 585068 to have a copy of the documents posted out to you.  Written comments can be posted to Cerys Edwards, Planning Officer, West Lancashire Borough Council, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk, L39 2DF.

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