Public Consultation Starts to Help Shape Tamworth’s Historic Environment

tamworth-town-centreMembers of the public are being asked for their views on Tamworth’s seven Conservation Areas, including the opportunity to suggest actions to help preserve and protect historic features.

Tamworth’s seven Conservation Areas are Tamworth town centre, Victoria Road/Albert Road, Hospital Street, Amington Hall Estate, Amington Green, Dosthill and Wilnecote.  They are categorised as areas of special architectural or historic interest, which deserve careful management to protect that character.

Each of the seven Conservation Areas has its own detailed Management Plan, which defines special characters of the area, and the action needed to protect and enhance it.  The Management Plans were last reviewed in 2008 and are now being opened up for an eight-week period of public consultation to check they are still fulfilling their purpose and protecting the Conservation Areas.

The consultation runs from November 25th 2016 to January 20th 2017 and residents – whether or not they live in one of the Conservation Areas – are being invited to give their views on the management of the Conservation Areas for the next five years.

The consultation is running for eight weeks rather than the usual six due to the Christmas and New Year period, which falls during the consultation.

Members of the public are also being asked for their views on buildings of architectural and historic interest, which could potentially be added to the Local List or the National List.

The Conservation Area Management Plan Reviews are available online on Tamworth Borough Council’s Conservation webpage at www.tamworth.gov.uk/conservation-heritage where there is also the opportunity to complete a response form.

The documents can also be viewed at Tamworth Borough Council’s Marmion House office in Lichfield Street, Tamworth Library and Wilnecote Library.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said, “The seven Conservation Areas in Tamworth help to preserve and enhance the borough’s heritage, which in turn helps to create a sense of place and community.

“This consultation will ensure that the Conservation Areas are safeguarding that heritage and will also help us to find out if there are buildings, features and structures which are in need of additional protection.

“I would encourage residents with an interest in the borough’s history and heritage to take part in the consultation and share their views with us.  They will be playing their part in helping to maintain a pleasant environment, which will benefit those who live in the Conservation Areas, those who visit them and the borough as a whole.”

More information on the consultation is available by contacting the Development Plan Team on 01827 709279 or emailing developmentplan@tamworth.gov.uk.

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