“An area of special architectural and historic interest, the
character or appearance of which it is desirable to
preserve or enhance.”
In 1967 the Civic Amenities Act empowered local authorities to designate
areas which were thought to be of special interest and character, worthy
of protection and preservation as Conservation Areas. Today there are
more than 10,000 Conservation Areas in the UK with more than 30 in
North-East Derbyshire. Dronfield has three Conservation Areas:
Dronfield Town Centre & Dronfield Bottom, Coal Aston and Dronfield
Dronfield Conservation Area was first designated in 1971, extended in 1980 and again in 1991. Dronfield Woodhouse was designated in 1990 and Coal Aston in 1983.
All were subjected to Character Statements by the District Council. Character Statements provided a policy framework for local planning authorities to control development within the Conservation Areas. They encourage the preservation of original character and detail on buildings, the use of traditional materials and make sure that signage is in keeping with the area.
Click on the picture to view a map of Dronfield Conservation Area.
We are concerned about the Conservation Areas because:
Owners and tenants often do not know they are in a Conservation Area leading to the creation of for example shop fronts out of character with the principles of a Conservation Area.
The Character Statements are now out of date and could be updated using more recent historical research on local buildings.
Parts of our Conservation Areas have deteriorated to such an extent it could be argued that Dronfield Bottom no longer deserves that status.
Click on the picture to view a map of Dronfield Woodhouse Conservation Area.
2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Act which led to the creation of Conservation Areas. We are taking part in the national initiative to promote Conservation Areas through the ‘Conservation Conversation’ which encourages civic societies to celebrate these historic areas. Later in the year we will be hosting other events in co-operation with the Dronfield Heritage Trust.
A small grant from the Institute of Historic Buildings and Conservation supports our work.
Click on the picture to view a map of Coal Aston Conservation Area.
View our Dronfield Conservation Area PDF e-leaflet by clicking on the image above.
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