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Consultation launched on proposed conservation area in Kegworth

Residents living in Kegworth are being asked to share their views on a potential new conservation area for the village.

North West Leicestershire District Council has proposed the plan, which would see a conservation area centred on High Street and London Road, and the surrounding area.

Members of the public have until Friday 22 December to offer their opinions on the plans at www.nwleics.gov.uk/kegworth

A conservation area is defined as an area of special architectural and historic interest, where it is important to preserve or improve its character and appearance.

Councillor Trevor Pendleton, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration at NWLDC, said: “Conservation areas are intended not solely to protect individual buildings but to protect the general character of the area. It's not about preventing change. It's about managing change in a way that works with the areas' special character.

"The Kegworth Bypass is expected to open in the autumn of 2018 and this will reduce the amount of traffic passing through the village. In turn, this will offer opportunities to improve the environment of the village centre. Designating a conservation area would help to ensure that those improvements would reflect the area’s architectural and historic interest."

When considering planning applications within conservation areas, the planning authority is required to pay special attention to the preservation or enhancement of its character or appearance.

Planning applications in conservation areas are also advertised more widely than normal, with a notice being displayed on site and in the local press.

The council has prepared an appraisal of the village and has drafted a potential conservation area boundary, which can be viewed online.

To see the plans and comment on the proposals, visit www.nwleics.gov.uk/kegworth

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