Conservation Area Appraisals

I think there needs to be greater clarification, and some standardisation, of conservation area appraisals. I feel that they are not fit for purpose and it hinders positive regeneration efforts/ projects through this apparent ambiguity.


Why the contribution is important

This ambiguity hinders and disparity between Local Authorities is something which needs changed as I believe it will have a negative impact on landscape they are trying to protect.

by kdonnelly on February 17, 2016 at 09:10AM

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  • Posted by Ewingston February 21, 2016 at 17:06

    One of the problems with conservation appraisals is that they seem to be set in tablets of stone and do not evolve over time. It is often unrealistic to apply standards which were relevant 20 or more years ago to current situations. Materials change, techniques change, public perceptions change yet planning officers slavishly stick to conditions set in the past. If regularly updating appraisals is too expensive, then a degree of flexibility should be introduced as part of the planning decision process.
  • Posted by kdonnelly February 22, 2016 at 08:44

    I would agree, Ewingston. I would also like to reference PAN 71. In that planning advice document, it references that ideas/ concepts on 'acceptable development' within Conservation Areas should evolve with the surrounding human landscape. With that in mind, surely planning policy should also be developed and enhanced?
  • Posted by charlesstrang February 29, 2016 at 23:54

    Backward-looking Conservation Area appraisals are useful (they can help you understand why things have turned out as they have, and sometimes too what's special about places) but they're only about a third of the job. What really matters are the next two thirds, a conservation-based community-based management plan with sufficient policies and achievable proposals to inspire and enhance for those who come after us. Sadly, most planners don't have the time or the skills to tackle this important part of proactive planning.
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