Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Residents urged to comment on Rawdon conservation area proposals

Rawdon residents have just one week left to comment on plans to designate parts of the village a conservation area.

The plans, proposed by Leeds City Council, will amend existing conservation areas at Rawdon Low Green, Rawdon Cragg Wood and Rawdon little London and create a new conservation area at Rawdon Littlemoor.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member responsible for planning said:

"These proposals will help safeguard the special architecture and character of the village and protect important buildings from demolition.

“Awarding an area conservation status is an important step and the opinions of local people are a valued part of this process. We welcome people’s views on these proposals.”

Rawdon currently has three conservation areas. These are:
• Rawdon Little London was first designated in 1973 and probably originated as a small farmstead but quickly grew during the late 18th and early 19th centuries largely due to the increase in the local weaving industry.
• Rawdon Low Green - designated 1988 - was a small community that grew up around the 17 century Rawdon Hall.
• Rawdon Cragg Wood conservation area – also designated in1988 - covers a wealthy rural suburb of Victorian villas set in spacious wooded grounds developed in the second half of the 19th century and overlooking the Aire Valley.

The proposed conservation area at Rawdon Littlemoor is to be focused around Little Moor Park extending mainly to the west and south. It includes the listed buildings related to the Quaker movement, characteristic terraces and the church hall on New Road Side as well as the mid twentieth century Greenacre Hall.

The conservation areas will help to protect Rawdon’s unique architecture and historical attractions from inappropriate demolition and development.

The draft proposals for the four Rawdon Conservation Area are available on-line throughout the consultation, at: www.leeds.gov.uk/conservation. The public consultation ends on Friday 11 March.

People can request a copy of the draft appraisal from the council’s conservation team at: Sustainable Development Unit, Leeds City Council, Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD

The proposals will be taken to council officials for approval in March 2011. People can respond to the consultation during the public meeting, or by emailing the conservation team at building.conservation@leeds.gov.uk.

Buildings within a conservation area are protected from unauthorised demolition, and new developments have to meet higher standards of design than elsewhere. Other planning rules are slightly different and permission from the council is needed for certain activities such as tree felling.

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