Conservation expansion for village goes to public

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RESIDENTS in Greatworth are being asked to have their say on plans to expand a conservation area in the village.

South Northants Council is consulting residents on the expansion of the Harpole, Nether Heyford and Greatworth conservation area boundaries and is requesting responses by the deadline of today, Friday, for Nether Heyford, and January 28, for Harpole and Greatworth.

Designed to protect and enhance the special character of the area they cover, conservation areas provide stricter guidelines for planning permissions and may also prevent the demolition of buildings which contribute to the area’s character.

Extending the existing conservation area boundaries would mean more historic buildings are protected, including a section of Victorian expansion around the school in Greatworth.

Councillor for environmental policy, Rebecca Breese, said: “Extending the boundary of the conservation areas is not intended to prevent change within villages but to ensure the important historical aspects of their character is conserved and respected. The comments and views of local residents are an important part of this process so I would urge residents to get in contact with our heritage team with any comments, before the consultation deadline.”

The draft plans are available to view at www.southnorthants.gov.uk/688.htm or at South Northants Council’s office in Towcester.

Comments and views should be submitted to the heritage team in writing to heritage@southnorthants.gov.uk, or by post to the council offices in Towcester.