NNDC to launch review into conservation areas as development pressure mounts

View from the bank at Blakeney Photo: Lesley Buckley

View from the bank at Blakeney Photo: Lesley Buckley

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A district council is seeking to understand their local landscape better as they deal with the pressures of development.

North Norfolk District Council has employed heritage consultant Purcell to help them review conservation areas to help them better understand whether they remain fit for purpose in helping to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of the areas.

The areas they are expected to review are Blakeney, Cley-next-the-Sea, Morston, Wiveton and the wider Glaven Valley.

The work will include ensuring buildings are of heritage significance, as well as key views into and out of the conservation areas are properly understood and appropriate management plans are put in place for their future.

Councillor Sue Arnold, cabinet member for planning, said: “North Norfolk District Council is a unique and wonderful place highly valued by residents and visitors alike

“It is important that we review our conservation areas and the work to be undertaken by Purcell will play a vital role in helping shape the future of these areas and help identify ways to preserve and enhance them for the benefit of all of us.”

Their ultimate aim is to provide a clearer strategy for these areas and help shape the direction of future development in way that recognises the heritage significance of the area

Sally Humphries, senior heritage consultant at Purcell, said: “We are thrilled at the prospect of working with North Norfolk District Council on this project to assess the significance and characteristics of these conservation areas.

“We know they are very special to all who live in and visit them. Being locally based, we have a passion for the Norfolk coast and its wonderful heritage assets. We look forward to contributing to the sustainable future of these conservation areas.”

Public consultation on the draft Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans will take place in July/August 2018 once the initial review work has been undertaken by Purcell.

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