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21 July 2015, 12:16
South Northants Council says time's running out for residents in Roade to have their say over the planned changes to the Conservation area.
The authority says responses to the proposed changes to the boundary of the Roade Conservation Area should be returned by Friday, 31 July 2015.
Designed to preserve and enhance the special character of the area they cover, conservation areas provide stricter guidelines for planning permissions and may also prevent the demolition of buildings which contribute to the area's character.
Roade is a village of some age and interest and in recognition of this SNC's Heritage Team are proposing to designate a conservation area over part of the village.
This is a new designation that is being considered in summer 2015. The proposed boundary contains Church End, properties 1-14 along The Leys, the Methodist Church and Primary School along Hartwell Road, and the High Street with the exclusion of the 20th century buildings on the north side after Elms Farm.
Councillor Rebecca Breese, portfolio holder for planning and environment, said:
"It is important to do all we can to ensure that this area remains a great place to live and visit. The Roade Conservation Area is not intended to prevent change but to help ensure the important historical aspects of its character are conserved and respected.
I would encourage the local residents to get in contact with our Heritage Team with their comments."
The draft plans are available to view at www.southnorthants.gov.uk/688.htm or at SNC's office in Towcester.
Comments and views should be submitted to the heritage team in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to The Heritage Team, South Northamptonshire Council.