Conservation Areas

Conservation Area

Isham's conservation area is mainly located centrally to the village and is defined on a map which can be found on Wellingborough Borough Council website at:-http://www.wellingborough.gov.uk/downloads/file/5083/isham_conservation_area

The statutory definition of a conservation area is "an area of special architectural interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance". It is the quality and interest of areas rather than individual buildings which are important. There are many factors that contribute to the character of a conservation area:

· The historic layout of property boundaries and thoroughfares.

· A particular mix of uses.

· Vistas along streets and between buildings.

· Characteristic materials

· Appropriate scaling and detailing of buildings.

· Quality shop fronts, street furniture, hard and soft surfaces

· Trees and open spaces.

The aim must be to ensure that the quality of townscape is preserved or enhanced as well as protecting individual buildings.

The consequence of conservation area designation is not to preserve conservation areas in aspic but to support their vitality with appropriate development. New development must of course blend with its surroundings and compliment the area. Particular care should be given to;

· Height and scale

· Form and layout

· Respect for frontages

· Boundary treatment

· Local architectural details

· Materials

· Landscape

Pre-application discussions with conservation and development control officers are strongly recommended before submitting an application.

Householders have certain permitted development rights for carrying out development without the need to apply for planning permission. Permitted development rights in conservation areas are less extensive than in areas outside them. In conservation areas such work as extensions, changes to the roof shape, cladding, building in the curtilage and satellite dishes might require permission.

Pre-application discussions with conservation and development control officers are strongly recommended before submitting an application. Often a full application rather than an outline application will be required to ensure that a particular development is appropriate within the context of a conservation area. All planning applications which affect the character or appearance of conservation areas will be publicised by a notice in the local paper and on site to invite comment.