The Council has recently received funding from Historic England to contract independent consultants to draft a Conservation Area Management Plan for the Severn Gorge Conservation Area (CAMP). This is a management document for the Conservation Area that focuses on the built and historic environment in comparison to the broad ranging World Heritage Site Management Plan that has recently been consulted on.
The CAMP will provide part of the evidence base for the forthcoming World Heritage Site Supplementary Planning Document which work has yet to commence on.
We have also done a brief refresh to the existing Conservation Area Appraisal which may aid your reading of the CAMP.
You can view the draft Conservation Area Management Plan and make comments via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to the Council to this address. The consultation will close at 12pm on 28 November 2016.
When reading the CAMP you may want to consider the following questions:
- Do you think any ‘threats and opportunities’ have been missed out?
- What recommendations do you agree/disagree with? Why?
- Do you know of any key buildings/sites/views we
have missed that you think are important and why?
Conservation areas exist to protect the special architectural and historic interest of a place. There are 7 conservation areas in the Borough, these are:
1971 (extended Oct 1980)
Horsehay and Spring Village
1970 (extended November 1976)
March 1981 (extended 2010)
Within a conservation area extra controls are in place covering:
To demolish a building, or even parts of it needs planning permission. You will not need permission to:
- demolish a building which does not exceed 115 cubic metres
- take down any wall, gate or fence which is less than 1m high where abutting a highway or less than 2m high elsewhere
You may need planning permission for building works which would normally be permitted elsewhere. More information can be found on the Planning Portal.
Within the Severn Gorge Conservation Area, we have introduced even tighter controls through the making of an Article 4 Direction to restrict permitted development.
If you propose to cut down or prune any tree, whether or not it is covered by a tree preservation order, you need to give six weeks prior notice to the Council, for more information please view the Trees and hedgerows in conservation areas.
Conservation area reviews and management plans
The Government requires a regular review of all Conservation Area Appraisals and the creation and regular review of Conservation Area Management Plans.
The Council has issued a Supplementary Planning Document giving guidance on appropriate designs for Shop Fronts and Signage in Conservation Areas this document can be accessed here: Shop Fronts, Signage and Design Guidance in Conservation Areas
Further information on the management of conservation areas can be obtained from English Heritage. In addition to the existing areas, we continue to research and identify other potential conservation areas.