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Have your say on proposed Kelsale conservation area

Posted by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils on 11 June 2018 | Comments

Local people are being asked to have their say on a new conservation area proposed for Kelsale village.

The idea was put forward by the Kelsale Parish Council following a community consultation. Now views are being sought formally on the idea, the boundary of the proposed conservation area, and the appraisal documents.

Tony Fryatt, Suffolk Coastal Cabinet Member responsible for Planning, said “It is important that local people take this opportunity to view the draft appraisal and have their say on the conservation area proposed in Kelsale village.

“Conservation areas make an important contribution to the quality of life and distinct character of our district. As the planning authority, Suffolk Coastal has an important role to play in identifying and protecting our unique historic environment.”

The draft appraisal is available to read on our website. It describes the area’s history and architecture, the character of the buildings and streets, along with maps and illustrations.

Suffolk Coastal would like local people’s comments on this important proposal. To have your say, you can fill in the questionnaire survey form available on the above website. You can also call us on 01394 444 616 or email conservation@eastsuffolk.gov.uk. Comments must be submitted to us by 16 July 2018.

A manned public exhibition to describe the proposal will be held at Kelsale Village Hall Committee Room on Saturday, 23 June, 10am to 4pm. Printed copies of the appraisal will be available to take away.

There are currently 35 conservation areas in the Suffolk Coastal District. A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest where the character or appearance should be preserved or enhanced.

The proposed conservation area in Kelsale contains

  • Buildings which were designed or altered by nationally significant late Victorian architects. 
  • A number of high status timber framed buildings, including The Old Guildhall, Old Rectory Cottages and the Old Manor House.
  • A grade one listed medieval parish church which is a prominent landmark.
  • Numerous unlisted buildings of considerable character and historic interest, including nineteenth century cottages, farm buildings and a Methodist Chapel.
  • A wood area, churchyard and large gardens containing numerous mature specimen trees.