Conservation Areas in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes Council has a legal obligation to periodically consider which parts of the area have special architectural or historic interest, and should be preserved or enhanced by designating them as conservation areas.
Conservation area status is not just restricted to buildings. Open spaces, cemeteries, a historic street pattern or local centre can have just as much architectural or historic importance. Milton Keynes has 27 conservation areas.
Conservation areas are designated because they possess a special character. A Conservation Area is described in law as "an area of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance".
The residents and businesses in a conservation area all have an important part to play in preserving and enhancing the special character that led to designation. The city council encourages high quality design for all development in a conservation area Carefully designed new buildings and extensions, sensitive proposals for new signage and shop fronts and the sympathetic reuse of existing buildings can make a positive contribution to character. Conversely, insensitive development can irreparably damage the special character that the designation seeks to protect.
Conservation Area Appraisals
The Council is following advice from the Government and English Heritage in undertaking a programme of conservation area character assessments for each Conservation Area and consulting the public on the documents.
Conservation area appraisals provide an analysis and account of the area and explain why an area is considered to be of special architectural or historic interest to give a clear indication of the council's approach to its preservation and enhancement.
Conservation area appraisals are intended to guide people who are concerned with development and change in the area and will be used by the council in assessing the design of development proposals.
Conservation area appraisals in Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes has embarked on a rolling programme of producing appraisals for the borough's 27 conservation areas.
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Last Updated: 6 February 2018