Thursday, 17 September 2009

Protecting Worthenbury Conservation Area: Public Consultation Event

Proposals for the Conservation Area Character Assessment and Management Plan and amendments to the Worthenbury Conservation Area boundary will be displayed at the Village Hall, Church Road, Worthenbury between 2 pm and 6 pm on Monday 21st September 2009.

The Plan, which is currently in draft form, has been prepared by Wrexham Council's Planning Department and seeks to ensure that the special character and appearance of the Conservation Area is preserved or enhanced for future generations.

The document is divided into two parts: firstly a Character Assessment which provides historical background and defines the qualities that make up the special character and appearance of the Conservation Area. The second part is a Management Plan which sets out proposals for the preservation and enhancement of the area and design guidance for alterations to existing properties and new construction.

As part of the preparation of the draft Conservation Area Character Assessment and Management Plan a review has been undertaken of the existing Worthenbury Conservation Area boundary and the protection it affords to the buildings within the immediate and adjacent area. As a result a number of minor boundary amendments are also proposed to the south and north west of the village centre.

The existing Conservation Area is centred on two important features of the village, the Church of St Deiniols and the ‘Worthenbury Oak’. When approaching Worthenbury village, the tower of Saint Deiniol’s Church dominates the skyline, the church set in an elevated position and surrounded by low-lying pastoral land. The cottages and houses within the Conservation Area mostly date from the 18th and 19th Century, many of which are former agricultural buildings adding to the distinctly rural character of the village. The oak tree provides a natural attraction and a focal point at the centre of the Conservation Area.

Members of the public are invited to attend and leave their comments or ask questions of a Planning Officer who will be available on the day.

After the event the proposals will be on display in the reception area of the Wrexham County Borough Council, Lambpit Street Building, Wrexham between 22nd September and 2nd October.

Comments on the document and proposals should be submitted to the Chief Planning Officer before 5th October 2009.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Anna Irwin by telephone on 01978 292531



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