Exhibition on making Grand Union Canal a conservation area

The Iron Trunk aqueduct. 120722M-A771
The Iron Trunk aqueduct. 120722M-A771
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Residents in south Northants are to be consulted on designating the Grand Union Canal as a conservation area.

The Conservation Studio will host a public exhibition on behalf of South Northants Council (SNC) tomorrow, Saturday, at Stoke Bruerne Village Hall, from 10am to 1pm, and Bugbrooke Sports and Community Centre, from 2pm to 5pm.

The proposed conservation area will extend for 26 miles from Stowe Hill in the north, to the iron aqueduct south of Cosgrove.

It is also proposed to include the Northampton Arm to the M1 motorway and the section of the Buckingham Arm to the A5.

Rebecca Breese, councillor for planning and environment, at SNC said: “Designating a canal along the Grand Union Canal and its associated arms is not intended to prevent change but to help ensure that the character of this nationally important route is conserved and respected.

“The canal is a wonderful asset to the district and we want to ensure that it remains so.”

The conservation area is proposed to include all of the canal, its towpath, features associated within its current or former operation and management, and buildings directly associated with the canal and their curtilage. It is also proposed to include the land above Blisworth Tunnel.

Conservation areas are designed to protect the area they cover and provide stricter guidelines for planning permissions.

Visitors to the exhibition will be asked to fill in a questionnaire. The consultants will then prepare a report, and agree any changes with council staff before making amendments to texts and maps.

Responses to the plans should be returned by December 23.