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Residents encouraged to have their say on new Uttlesford Local Heritage List

Uttlesford residents will soon have the opportunity to tell the District Council what they think about the new Uttlesford Local Heritage List.

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The first edition draft Local Heritage List - which is due to be published on Wednesday (23 May) - contains a list of structures and other assets which are considered to be locally significant and worthy of consideration as part of the planning process to preserve their special character. It includes residential properties, shops, churches, pubs, historic signposts, telephone boxes and even village water pumps, each of which had to meet a number of criteria to make the list.

The assets selected are different to those identified by Historic England, and are subject to listed building legislation; however, their inclusion on the Local Heritage List will ensure their historic and architectural importance is given due consideration when determining related planning applications.

Cllr Susan Barker, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: "Uttlesford has a rich history and cultural heritage and every item on the Local Heritage List tells something about the community.

"By compiling this list we are giving a level of recognition to these important buildings and structures which will help to ensure that they are conserved for the future."

The public is invited to have their say on the draft Local Heritage List, with a consultation on the document running from 23 May to 4 July 2018. Details can be viewed at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/heritagelist.

There will also be a chance to see details of all the proposals and to discuss them with council officers at two public meetings, which will be held on:

  • 30 May, 5-8pm - Foakes Hall, Stortford Road, Great Dunmow
  • 6 June, 5-8pm - Uttlesford District Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden

From 23 May paper copies of the document can also be inspected at the following locations:

Saffron Walden - UDC Council Offices, Library and Tourist Information Centre

Great Dunmow - Library

Thaxted - Community Information Centre

Stansted - The Day Centre

Anyone can respond to the consultation by using a feedback form which can be downloaded from the council's website and e-mailed to conservation@uttlesford.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can write to: Conservation Officer - Local Heritage List, Uttlesford District Council, Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4ER.

Following the six-week consultation period, amendments will be made in response to the comments received. Councillors will then be asked to approve the final version of the Local Heritage List.

The council will continue to accept nominations from the public and parish councils, and will schedule an annual deadline for nominations to be considered and the list updated on a rolling basis.

For further information, please call Angharad Hart, Conservation Officer on 01799 510531 or email conservation@uttlesford.gov.uk.

21 May 2018