Have your say on Cottingham and Middleton conservation area proposals

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People are being asked for their views following a review of the conservation area for two villages near Corby.

After agreement by Corby Council’s local plan committee last night, the council is asking for residents’ views in a six-week consultation period on the draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for Cottingham and Middleton.

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The Cottingham and Middleton conservation area was originally designated in 1975 without an appraisal.

A review of Cottingham and Middleton conservation areas has been undertaken and has resulted in proposals to join the town areas to become one larger conservation area.

The SPD is formed of two parts.

Part one is an appraisal of the conservation area that provides an audit of the heritage assets and details the historical development of the area and a list of local interest buildings.

Part two is a management plan that discusses the potential and future threats to the area as well as opportunities that exist for development.

It reviews measures to retain the area’s conservation value and provides a framework for design standards.

Corby Council’s chairman of the local plan committee, Cllr Elise Elliston, said: “Designation of the villages of Cottingham and Middleton as conservation areas is a prime indicator of the importance that the council attaches to these villages in terms of their historic assets and significance of place to the borough.

“We are keen to ensure these areas are preserved, and where possible, enhanced for future generations.

“The draft SPD proposes significant amendments to the original conservation area boundaries.

“We would particularly like comments on these amendments.”

The public consultation period will run from Monday, September 7, until Monday, October 19.

A consultation event will also be held at 7pm on Monday, September 14, at Cottingham Village Hall, where residents will have an opportunity to view the proposals, listen to a presentation about the document and have any queries answered.

The documents can be viewed on the council’s website at www.corby.gov.uk/home/planning-and-building-control/planning-policy/planning-policy-consultations and will be available to view in hard copy at the council’s libraries and One Stop Shop in Corby Cube.

Anyone who wants to make a representation to the council about the draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan SPD for Cottingham and Middleton can email localplans.consultation@corby.gov.uk or write to Local Plans, Corby Borough Council, Deene House, New Post Office Square, Corby, Northants NN17 1GD, by no later than October 19.