National Park consults on proposed conservation area boundary changes and character appraisals

Published Wednesday 7 January 2009

The New Forest National Park Authority is reviewing conservation area boundaries in Keyhaven, Ashlett Creek, Brockenhurst and Sway.

The New Forest National Park Authority is reviewing conservation area boundaries in Keyhaven, Ashlett Creek, Brockenhurst and Sway, and is also consulting on its draft conservation area character appraisals.

Paula Freeland, Head of Environmental Services, said: ‘Conservation areas are an important tool to help protect what makes an area special and to ensure the highest possible design standards are followed.  Conservation area boundaries in the Park 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 unique. The appraisals are intended to be an overview, providing a framework for planning applications to be assessed.’

Consultation on the character appraisals and proposed boundary changes in Keyhaven will be held on Wednesday 14 January, from 14:00pm-19:30pm at Keyhaven Yacht Club. The same information will be sent to properties in the Ashlett Creek conservation area.

Consultation on the character appraisals and proposed boundary changes in Brockenhurst and Sway will be held at Brockenhurst Village Hall on Thursday 15 January, from 14:00pm-20:00pm.

Details of the proposed boundary changes will be on display and draft copies of the character appraisals will be available to take away.  

All information is also available to download from the Authority’s website at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/building_conservation.

A questionnaire is available to download or alternatively, write to the Authority at the following address: Environmental Services, New Forest National Park Authority, South Efford House, Milford Road, Lymington, SO41 0JD.

Deadline for comments on the proposed boundary changes and the draft character appraisals and is Friday 6 February 2009.

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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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