Castle Ashby residents in Northamptonshire to be consulted over change in boundary

Castle Ashby in Northamptonshire
Castle Ashby in Northamptonshire

Residents who live in Castle Ashby are being consulted about a change to the consevation boundary in the village.

Castle Ashby Conservation Area, which was originally designated in March 1986, has recently been reassessed.

The proposed revised boundary now looks to include the late 19th/early 20th century properties on the west of Compton Road which add to the historic and architectural development of the settlement.

Also included are the formal gardens to the south of Castle Ashby (house) with a number of listed structures and examples of historic and architectural interest that inform the development and evolution of the house, and at the rear of the Falcon Inn the tree belt that separates the village from the estate parkland.

The proposed boundary will exclude the field to the rear of 1, Compton Road.

Councillor Rebecca Breese, portfolio holder for planning and environment, said: “Castle Ashby is not only an important tourist destination but home to many residents, and we hope that they will let us have their views on the proposed changes to the boundary.”

Designed to preserve and enhance the special character of the area they cover, conservation areas provide stricter guidelines for planning permissions and may also prevent the demolition of buildings which contribute to the area’s character. Revising the existing conservation area boundaries ensures that the special character and appearance of the area will be preserved and enhanced.

Responses should be returned to South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) by Thursday, April 2.

The draft plans are available to view at www.southnorthants.gov.uk/688.htm or at South Northamptonshire Council’s office in Towcester.

Comments and views should be submitted to the heritage team in writing to liz.knight@southnorthants.gov.uk or by post to Liz Knight, Assistant Conservation Officer, South Northamptonshire Council, Springfields, Towcester, NN12 6AE before 5pm on Thursday, 2 April 2015.