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Proposed changes to conservation areas in Charnwood

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Views are being sought on proposals to alter the boundaries of five conservation areas in the borough.

Charnwood Borough Council has carried out a review of the current conservation areas in Beeby, Barkby, Queniborough, Hathern and Thurcaston and is proposing changes to all of them.

Conservation areas are created by the borough council and mean that an area’s character or appearance is of special architectural or historical interest and has been chosen to be preserved or enhanced.

Properties within a conservation area are subject to stricter planning regulations and any changes to buildings will have to be in-keeping with the character and appearance of the area.

The areas need to be reviewed every few years to reflect changes to the townscape.

Cllr Eric Vardy, lead member for planning, said: “Conservation areas help to protect and enhance the heritage in our villages. They also help to inform future developments within these areas. Over time the built landscape in the borough continues to change and we need to review conservation areas to ensure they are still fit for purpose.

“I would encourage people living in these areas to have a look at the proposals and let us know your views.”

More details and comments can be given through the Council’s website. Please visit,

The Council is holding a number of public meetings and writing to property owners who will be affected to seek people’s views. Some properties will be added to the conservation areas while some will be removed.

Charnwood has a total of 38 conservation areas. The ones in Loughborough have recently been reviewed and those outside of the town are being reviewed as part of an ongoing programme.

The consultation is open now and runs until 11th February 2019.