Public asked for views on Barnstaple conservation areas

PEOPLE are being given the chance to find out more about Barnstaple s past so that more of it can be protected for the future. North Devon Council has been reviewing some of its conservation areas, looking at what makes them special and where they should

PEOPLE are being given the chance to find out more about Barnstaple's past so that more of it can be protected for the future.

North Devon Council has been reviewing some of its conservation areas, looking at what makes them special and where they should be created, extended or reduced.

As a result, a public consultation is starting from next Thursday (September 3), to consider proposals for Barnstaple town centre and Newport conservation areas, as well as a possible new conservation area at Rumsam.

Councillor Colin Wright, Lead Member for Planning, said: "The council has put together what it believes are the key characteristics of these areas.


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"However, we would like the views and suggestions of local people to help us fully understand what needs protecting for future generations. This information will then assist us with planning policy guidelines to ensure the character of these places is never lost."

As part of the consultation, people are being invited to have their say at the following events:

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* Monday, 14 September - Barnstaple Pannier Market, 9am to 2pm;

* Wednesday, 16 September - Newport Parish Church (St. John the Baptist), 2pm to 7pm; and

* Thursday 17 September - Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, 10am to 3pm.

People can also go to the website http://northdevon-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal to take part in the consultation.

All comments on the three conservation area reviews need to be received by the council by Thursday 15 October.

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