Borough Council opens consultation to protect two historical areas

Published: Monday, 30 October 2017

Northampton residents are being encouraged to share their views on draft appraisal and management plans for two conservation areas in Great Houghton and Great Billing.

Northampton Borough Council has produced draft plans to preserve and enhance features which contribute to the distinctive character and appearance of the areas. Members of the public are now asked to take part in the consultation areas, to help identify features which contribute to their special character, to justify each area’s conservation status, and consider how they can be safeguarded for the long-term.

The draft appraisals identify a number of features which contribute to the character and appearance of the two areas, including listed buildings, historic boundary walls, area layout, materials used in buildings, and a wide variety of building styles and ages. 

Comments are also welcome on whether planning permission should be required for anyone wishing to alter the external appearance of their house in Great Billing or Great Houghton.

Cabinet member for Regeneration, Enterprise and Planning, Cllr Tim Hadland, said: “These two conservation areas have a distinct and attractive character with wonderful architecture, some of which dates back to medieval times.

“Valuing our heritage is incredibly important as we change and grow as a town, so we need to put measures in place to preserve and enhance key features so that generations to come can enjoy them and learn about their history.

“We welcome comments from residents over the next two months on the proposed appraisals.”

Both of the conservation area consultations are open from 30 October to 10 December 2017. Anyone who wishes to contribute can email [email protected] or visit the Great Billing consultation page or the Great Houghton consultation page to leave their comments online.

The documents can also be viewed at the One Stop Shop at the Guildhall and the Weston Favell and Central Libraries.