Have your say on Hadstock’s conservation area

St Botolph's Church in Hadstock
St Botolph's Church in Hadstock

Residents in Hadstock are being urged to have their say on the future of their conservation area.

The draft conservation area appraisal for Hadstock has been prepared by Uttlesford District Council with the help of local historians, planning officers and the parish council.

The public consultation is now underway and runs until March 15.

Cllr Susan Barker, cabinet member for environment with responsibility for conservation said: “This is an opportunity for residents to have their say on what they believe needs to be

preserved, protected and enhanced in the village. The proposals aim to protect the character of the village and to provide guidance for the positive management of features such as buildings, open spaces, trees, railings and elements that contribute to the exceptional quality of the village environment.

“In line with guidance from English Heritage the appraisal also

puts forward proposals to amend some part of the Conservation Area boundary to include a number of back gardens and some historic former agricultural buildings whilst excluding a modern property.”

All documents and reports can be viewed at: http://www.uttlesford.gov.uk/hadstockcaa.

Paper copies of the reports can also be inspected at the Council Offices in Saffron Walden, at Saffron Walden Library, the Mobile Library or from the Hadstock Parish Clerk.

Residents can respond using the Council’s online consultation system or via e-mail using a form that can be downloaded from the relevant village Conservation Area Appraisal page on the Council’s website.

Alternatively, just write a letter giving your views and send it to the Conservation Area Appraisal Project, Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4ER.

Following the six-week consultation period, amendments will be made in response to the comments received and the Council will approve the final version of the appraisal, which will be used as background information in the process of determining planning applications.

The appraisal also puts forward simple practical management proposals that improve the character of the conservation area and are capable of being implemented as and when resources permit.

For further information please call Bruce Tice, Uttlesford District Council’s Conservation Area Appraisal Project Officer, on 01799-510670 or e-mail btice@uttlesford.gov.uk