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

Published Wednesday 3 December 2008

The New Forest National Park Authority is reviewing conservation area boundaries in Burley, Fritham and Eyeworth and consulting on its draft conservation area character appraisals.

Paula Freeland, Head of Environmental Design, said: ‘Conservation areas are an important tool to help protect what makes an area special and ensures 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.’

Consultations on the proposed boundary changes will be held on Wednesday 10 December, from 2pm-5pm at Fritham Free Church and Thursday 11 December, from 2pm-7:15pm at Burley Village Hall. 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 Design, 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 9 January 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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