National Park consults on conservation area character appraisals and proposed boundary changes in Beaulieu, Bucklers Hard and Exbury

Published Monday 29 September 2008

The New Forest National Park Authority is consulting on its draft conservation area character appraisals and reviewing conservation area boundaries in Beaulieu, Bucklers Hard and Exbury.

Paula Freeland, Head of Environmental Design, said: ‘Conservation areas are an important tool to help protect the special qualities of an area and to ensure the highest possible design standards are adhered to.

‘We are looking at the conservation area boundaries in the Park as they haven’t been reviewed since the 1990s.

‘The character appraisals identify the special qualities in a conservation area and highlight features of particular significance, such as the historic development, landscape and topography.

‘It is important that everyone who lives and works in a conservation area understands the reasons why it is special. The appraisals are intended to be an overview, providing a framework for which individual planning applications can be assessed.’

A consultation afternoon and evening on the proposed boundary changes in these three areas will be held on Thursday 9 October, from 2pm - 8pm, at Beaulieu Abbey Church Hall.  Details of the proposed boundary changes will be on display and draft copies of the character appraisals will be available to read.

If you can’t make it, don’t worry, all information is available to download from the Authority’s website at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/building_conservation. Alternatively, completed questionnaires can be posted to Environmental Design, New Forest National Park Authority, South Efford House, Milford Road, Lymington, SO41 0JD.

Deadline for comments on the draft character appraisals and the proposed boundary changes is 31 October 2008.

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Media Contact:

Karen Evans
Communications Officer
New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646650

Email: karen.evans@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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