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Residents urged to have their say on Saffron Walden Conservation Area Appraisal

Residents have the opportunity to tell Uttlesford District Council what they think about the revised version of the Saffron Walden Conservation Area Appraisal.

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The draft version is due to be published on Wednesday (27 September).

The revised appraisal builds on the existing document, published in 2012, which defines the key elements of the special character of Saffron Walden and provides guidance for the positive management of buildings, open spaces, walls and other elements that contribute to the exceptional quality environment of the historic market town.

The revised proposal reflects the recent re-survey of the Conservation Area by council officers, and reviews the management proposals put forward in the previous version. It will also suggest changes to amend the Conservation Area boundary, to ensure that the boundary is clearly definable and reflects the significance of the area.

We now invite the public to tell us what they think of the proposals. A consultation on the draft document runs between 27 September and 8 November and details can be viewed online at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/saffronwaldencaa.

From 27 September, paper copies will be available to view at the Council Offices in Saffron Walden, Saffron Walden Library and the Tourist Information Centre.

 

There will also be a chance to see details of all the proposed changes and to discuss them with council officers at a public meeting which will be held at Uttlesford District Council Offices, Saffron Walden on Saturday 21 October, between 11am and 2pm.

Anyone can respond by using the council's online consultation system, or they can reply by e-mail using a form that can be downloaded from the council's website. Alternatively, you can write a letter giving your views and send it to: Conservation Area Appraisal Project, Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4ER.

Following the six-week consultation period, amendments will be made in response to the comments received and the council will approve the final version of the appraisal which will be used in the process of determining planning applications. The document also puts forward simple practical management proposals that improve the character of the conservation area that are capable of being implemented as and when appropriate.