Barnstaple Town Centre conservation area is extended

Posted on: 21 March 2017

Barnstaple Long Bridge, railway station and the Oliver Buildings are just some of the locations being added to the town’s conservation area.

The new boundary for the conservation area came into effect this week (Monday 20 March 2017) and also includes Sticklepath Terrace and the Halfords building.

It follows a decision by North Devon Council’s Executive earlier this month (Monday 6 March 2017) to approve the proposed extension to Barnstaple Town Centre’s Conservation Area.

Lead Member for Strategic Planning at North Devon Council, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, says: “Conservation areas play an important part in helping to protect special features and locations of an area that are unique and make it what it is. They help to recognise the importance and protect some buildings that wouldn’t necessarily be ‘listed’ but are of significance and cherished by local residents.”

There are 41 conservation areas across the North Devon district, most with their own character appraisal and management plan. Conservation areas aim to recognise the architectural and historic interest and importance to the community of the locations within it.

When planning applications are considered the council will look at the conservation area, its character appraisal and management plan to see if the proposals will preserve or enhance the area before making a decision.

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