Conservation area fury to be debated

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A COUNCILLOR has called for a public meeting to discuss the ongoing issue with a conservation area in Wainfleet.

The area includes properties either side of High Street, St John Street, parts of Skegness Road and Spilsby Road and also south towards the Steeping River and parkland of Wainfleet Hall.

But some members of the community feel parts shouldn’t be included in the conservation area and East Lindsey District Coun John Upsall for, Friskney and Wainfleet, feels this must be discussed at a formal public meeting which he has organised for January 18.

“This is a big issue which needs to be discussed in public. In the past there hasn’t been formal consultation with the public and this will give them a chance to discuss whether Wainfleet should keep the conservation area.”

The conservation is made up of residential properties but also contains commercial properties on High Street.

There are also a small number of industrial units, which together makes up 23 listed buildings, 88 unlisted buildings of local importance and all of the listed buildings are Grade II listed except for the market cross (Grade II* - c. 15th century) and Magdalen College School (Grade I - School, now a public library. 1484, which is Grade I, the site is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument).

Conservation areas are defined as ‘areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance’.

When a conservation area has been designated, it increases the council’s controls, with planning applications judged by their impact on the character and appearance of the area.

In December 1998, an Article 4 Direction for the area was made meaning that greater controls over demolition of buildings and structures were put in place and over permitted development rights which previously allowed owners to do works to their properties without planning permission, meaning that it removed the right for any extensions, roof works, alterations and changing type or sizes of windows, among others.

“There has been problems in the past with members of the public wanting to add new windows to properties as it was in the conservation area,” added Coun Upsall.

The meeting will take place at Coronation Hall on Wednesday, January 18 from 7pm.

l What do you think? Are conservation areas important to towns and villages? Email amy.gallivan@jpress.co.uk