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Smiths Green Takeley Conservation Area Appraisal

We were asking for your feedback on a proposed new conservation area for Smiths Green in Takeley.

A conservation area appraisal looks at the character, appearance and special interest of a conservation area or group of conservation areas.

The consultation is now closed for comments. The consultation ran from 8:30am on Monday 31 July to 4:30pm on Friday 29 September.


A Heritage Assessment and Audit was commissioned in 2022 by Takeley Parish Council as part of the Takeley Neighbourhood Plan. This assessment highlighted the potential to designate Smiths Green as a conservation area.  

Takeley Parish Council have commissioned Essex County Council's Place Services to undertake a conservation area appraisal and to recommend the extent of the proposed conservation area boundary.

We consulted on a proposed new conservation area for Smiths Green in Takeley.

The draft appraisal

The appraisal proposes to designate a new conservation area at Smiths Green Takeley.


The proposed conservation area is dissected by Smiths Green Lane and is bounded at the south by the B1256 with the Flitch Way country park beyond.


The appraisal also includes a history of the area, assessment of significance and suggested management proposals to address a number of issues identified by the document.

There are 10 listed buildings or other structures within the area. The appraisal also identifies a number of other historic buildings which make a positive contribution.

Read the Smiths Green Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan (PDF) [19MB] .

You can also read paper copies of the appraisal at:


The consultation is now closed.

Following the consultation

Any comments you make will help us to put together the final version of the appraisal.

We will engage with Takeley Parish Council and then present the final version to the Cabinet for consideration.

If approved by Cabinet, the appraisal will be used to assist in the process of determining planning applications and for implementing management proposals.

Formal designation of the conservation area boundary will need to be advertised prior to it coming into force. We are also required to inform the Secretary of State and Historic England and place an advert in the Gazette and local newspapers.