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Smiths Green Takeley Conservation Area Appraisal

The proposal to designate a new conservation area for Smiths Green in Takeley was approved by Cabinet on 2 November 2023.

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

Decision on the proposed conservation area

Consultation on the Smiths Green Takeley Conservation Area Appraisal is now closed.

The Smiths Green Takeley Conservation Appraisal was approved by the Uttlesford District Cabinet on 2 November.

Thank you to for all your comments in relation to the new proposals, we received a pleasing response. You can view the comments online using our planning consultation portal.

Read the full report, along with the revised and final version of the appraisal on the council's committee system



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.

 A consultation on the proposed conservation area ran from 8:30am on Monday 31 July to 4:30pm on Friday 29 September.

The appraisal

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


The 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 included 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 identified a number of other historic buildings which make a positive contribution.

Read the Smiths Green Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan (PDF) [8MB] .

You can also read paper copies of the appraisal at:


Further information

Any enquiries and comments should be sent to:


Bruce Tice
Project Officer
Uttlesford District Council
Council Offices
London Road
Saffron Walden
CB11 4ER