NORTH Devon Council wants people to tell how two important conservation areas in the district should be developed and protected. At just three acres and with an impressive 18 listed buildings, Ebberly Lawn in Barnstaple, is North Devon's smallest conserv

NORTH Devon Council wants people to tell how two important conservation areas in the district should be developed and protected.At just three acres and with an impressive 18 listed buildings, Ebberly Lawn in Barnstaple, is North Devon's smallest conservation area.The South Molton conservation area takes in central areas such as the Town Hall and the church and churchyard.In two six-week long consultations both starting on July 21, the council will be asking the public to comment on a pair of draft Conservation Area Character Appraisals. These appraisals are designed to help individuals and the council understand the history and character of these two areas and why they are considered so special. Conservation areas have special architectural or historic interest and It is important to preserve and enhance their character. They often have buildings that are of interest, or have an important social history. The Character Appraisals list and define these unique features and will help shape future developments and planning policies. The next stage will be for the council to work with the communities to produce a management plan for each conservation area giving residents an idea of what enhancements could be made in the future.Cllr Des Brailey, Lead Member for Community and Spatial Planning says: "It is vitally important to preserve and protect our heritage so that in generations to come people can enjoy the history that has been preserved and indeed understand the type of town and townsfolk who lived here. "Too often in the past, buildings and areas have not been protected and treasures have been lost for ever."The council's planning team will have a stall at Barnstaple's Pannier Market on August 15 from 9am until 2pm, for anyone who wants to view the Ebberly Lawn appraisal and ask questions about it. A similar event will be held at the Town Hall in South Molton on August 16 from 10am until 7pm. The documents will also be available online through Consultation Finder at www.northdevon.gov.ukAlternatively the public can view both appraisals at any library in the district within normal opening hours, the South Molton Community Office or Ilfracombe Community Centre, or at planning reception at the Civic Centre from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday.