Plans to protect District conservation areas
Published on Tuesday 18th September 2012
Local people have been urged to have their say on Council plans to manage and protect two conservation areas in the District.
Management plans and appraisals for the Cannock town centre and Bridgtown conservation areas are out for consultation until 26th October. The plans - when approved by Cabinet - will guide future development to make sure the conservation areas are protected.
The Cannock Town Centre Conservation Area was designated in 1991 and comprises Market Place and High Green, extending north into Stafford Road and south and east into Wolverhampton Road and around the churchyard. There are 11 listed buildings within the conservation area and two Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Three of the listed buildings are Grade II* -St Luke's Parish Church, the White House and its gates, railings and gate piers. The rest are Grade II. The Ancient Monuments are the 18th century conduit head building and the 14th century wayside cross.
Bridgtown Conservation Area was designated in 1988 and covers a historic group of shops and other buildings along North Street and the adjacent Union Street and Church Street.
Cllr Gordon Alcott, Cannock Chase Council Economic Development and Planning Leader, said: "It is vital that conservation areas throughout the District are protected to ensure their historical features and buildings are safeguarded for future generations. The management plans and appraisals for Cannock town centre and Bridgtown set out how the Council plans to do this. I urge all interested parties to get involved."
The appraisals record the special historic and architectural qualities of the area, while the management plans suggest ways to manage change while retaining and enhancing the conservation areas' special qualities.
All documents can be downloaded from www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk/planningpolicy and are also available at the Council's Civic Centre in Beecroft Road, Cannock, and at Cannock Library. Comments can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Planning Policy, Cannock Chase Council, Civic Centre, PO Box 28, Beecroft Road, Cannock WS11 1BG. The closing date for comments is Friday 26th October.