Have your say on village conservation

People invited to help shape character of Landkey and Swimbridge.

NORTH Devon Council is asking local people to help conserve and protect the unique character of Landkey and Swimbridge.

The council has prepared three draft Conservation Area Character Appraisals that look at what makes the historic character and appearance of the two villages special. Now it is time for local people to have their say on the documents.

The appraisals identify what buildings, open spaces and features contribute towards the character of the villages and also look at potential development pressures the areas are likely to face in the near future.

Executive member for strategic planning, Councillor Mike Edmunds, said: “The review of our conservation area boundaries and appraisals is helping residents and the council to make more informed decisions about the future of the areas and how their development should be managed in the future.

“We want local people to read these documents and put forward their own suggestions about what should be included, so that we don’t miss out anything important.”

Local ward member, Cllr David Luggar, added: “The council must protect and enhance areas in Landkey and Swimbridge, and there is a need to have extra rules to control building work.

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“The aim is to preserve the special character of Landkey and Swimbridge and ensure that any changes are of a high quality. Please take a few minutes to submit a response for the consultation documents.”

The consultation runs until June 15, with public exhibitions taking place at Swimbridge Jubilee Hall on Tuesday, May 22 from 3.15pm until 7pm, and at Landkey Village Hall on Tuesday, May 29, from 2.15pm until 7pm.

Members of the public can share their views by visiting www.northdevon-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal.

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