Proposed Extenstion to Braunstone Village Conservation Area 

Proposed Extension to Braunstone Village Conservation Area  

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PROPOSED BOUNDARY (RED) FOR EXTENTION TO EXISTING BRAUNSTONE VILLAGE CONSERVATION AREA (SHADED GREEN)

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What is a Conservation Area?

Local planning authorities can designate any part of their area that is of special architectural or historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance, as a Conservation Area.

Special character of conservation areas relates to the appearance of the area and is not limited to its buildings.  Therefore, it can also include the historic layout of roads, paths, water features, woodland and parkland.

What is the Impact of Designating an area as a Conservation Area?

Conservation area designation introduces a general control over the demolition of unlisted buildings and provides a basis for planning policies whose objective is to conserve all aspects of character or appearance, including landscape and public spaces, which define the conservation area’s special interest.

Designation of a conservation area also gives broader protection than the listing of individual buildings. All the features, listed or otherwise, within the area, are recognised as part of its character. Conservation area designation is the means of recognising the importance of all these factors and of ensuring that planning decisions address the quality of the landscape in its broadest sense.

Under the National Planning Policy Framework conservation areas are designated heritage assets and their conservation is to be given great weight in planning permission decisions.

Changes to the external appearance of a building in a conservation area may require planning permission from the local planning authority that is not required elsewhere as some permitted development rights are curtailed.

Demolition or substantial demolition of a building within a conservation area will require planning permission from the local planning authority.

Any work planned to a tree in a conservation area must be notified to the local planning authority six weeks in advance so that the local planning authority may determine whether or how the work to the tree should take place.

 

What is a Character Assessment?

A character appraisal defines the special interest of the conservation area that merits its designation and describes and evaluates the contribution made by the different features of its character and appearance.

Please find the Draft Character Appraisal here: DRAFT CHARACTER APPRAISAL FOR BRAUNSTONE VILLAGE

 

Proposed Extension to Braunstone Village Conservation Area

Braunstone Town Council is proposing that the area of Braunstone Village to the south of Braunstone Lane/Main Street (i.e. within the administrative area of Braunstone Town / Blaby District) be designated as a Conservation Area to coincide with the already designated Conservation Area of Braunstone Village on the northern sider of Braunstone Lane/Main Street (which falls within the administrative area of Leicester City).

In order to define the special interest / character of the area, a draft Character Assessment of the proposed extension to Braunstone Village Conservation Area, has been prepared by Braunstone Town Heritage Warden, John Dodd, with assistance from Jack Haselgrove, local historian.

The document has included, as an Appendix, Leicester City’s Character appraisal.   It is essential that the overall plan for a united conservation area in Braunstone Village is read together with the Town side of Main Street/Braunstone Lane.

The aim of this draft Character Assessment is to identify Braunstone Village's special character and appearance in order to help inform the design of any future development proposals so that they preserve and enhance the Village and acknowledge its features.

 

Have your say

The Town Council has undertaken a survey to ascertain residents’ and stakeholders’ views.  This survey closed on the 10th January 2022.

Residents’ were also also able to attend and have their say at Braunstone Towns’ Citizens’ Advisory Panel on Thursday 2nd December 2021, at 7.30pm either at Braunstone Civic Centre or online.

 

Timescales

The survey responses and stakeholder responses will be assessed.   If there is support for the proposals, then any modifications identified from the survey will be considered.   

The Character Appraisal and proposed area for designation will then be finalised for a public viewing at Braunstone Civic Centre between 17th January 2022 and 27th February 2022; during that time a drop in exhibition and session will be held early evening at Shakespeare Park Pavilion (date to be determined)  for residents to find out more, ask questions and make comments.

Residents’ will get a further opportunity to contribute at Braunstone Towns’ Citizens’ Advisory Panel on Thursday 3rd March 2022, at 7.30pm either at Braunstone Civic Centre or online.

All responses will then be considered by the Town Council’s Planning & Environment Committee on Thursday 10th March 2022 at 7.30 at Braunstone Civic Centre and also online.   The Committee, based on the evidence and responses before it, will determine whether to submit a request to Blaby District Council to designate the area of Braunstone Village, within Braunstone Town, as a Conservation Area.

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