Consultation on helping to protect village from development

The Borough Council offices in Kettering
The Borough Council offices in Kettering

Kettering Council is consulting on a document which could bring added protection from development to a village.

The consultation on the agreed Conservation Area document – which will inform developers and the general public of the architectural and historic qualities making the centre of Broughton worth conserving – began last week. It is due to last until the end of January. The document will also help guide planning decisions.

Kettering Council says the final proposed boundary of what to protect has been drawn up to include only the areas of unquestionable historic interest.

In a statement, the authority added: “Areas, and therefore some individual buildings, that have less architectural or historic interest have not been included within the proposed boundary. It is proposed to formally adopt this ‘hybrid’ boundary as the Broughton Conservation Area, provided that there is support from local residents and businesses.”

Cllr Mike Tebbutt, chairman of Kettering Council’s planning policy committee, said: “The Broughton Conservation Area Appraisal has been written with the views of local residents and businesses in mind.

“Broughton is one of the few remaining villages in Kettering Borough that does not yet have an adopted Conservation Area and as a result the historic heart of the village has less protection from inappropriate development than other towns and villages in the borough.

“We wish to correct that through working with local residents, businesses and the Parish Council to designate the historic heart of the village so that its architectural heritage can be protected and enjoyed by future generations.

“Conservation Area status protects what is good and guides us where change is planned. I am certain that the residents of Broughton will be keen to share their views on the final boundary of the Broughton Conservation Area”.

How to get involved:

The consultation period will run until Friday, January 31. To look at the final document and leave your comments click here.

You can also submit your comments in writing by addressing them to Alan Davies, Development Services, Kettering Borough Council, Municipal Offices, Bowling Green Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 7QX.

If you have any queries about the consultation process please contact development services on 01536 534316 or by e-mail at planning@kettering.gov.uk.