03:13PM, Tuesday 31 May 2016
Changes to the Holyport Conservation Area could see the addition of an ancient moat and the removal of two farms.
The Holyport Conservation Area Appraisal, currently out for consultation, proposes to reduce the size of the area protected.
A conservation area is a site of special architectural or historical interest which can be preserved or enhanced.
Land within the conservation area has an extra level of protection, with local authorities having some control over the demolition of buildings and minor developments.
Changes proposed in the consultation would see ‘area four’, west of the Ascot Road, which includes Ascot Farm to Moor Farm to The Green, removed from the conservation area.
The moated site of Philberds Manor at the north end of Holyport Street would be added.
Cllr Derek Wilson, (Con, Oldfield) Royal Borough cabinet member for planning, said: “We’ve added in a new area that is the site of an ancient moat.
“There are 26 conservation areas in the borough, some are in relation to village environments.
“If people have a particular area they want to protect they can designate it in the conservation area.”
Most of the houses in area four are more modern, he said.
“That area will still be protected by the greenbelt. I’ve got nothing against area four but it now means residents from that area won’t be abided by the conservation area.
“From their point of view it will be less bureaucratic when they submit planning applications.”
The document states the character in area four is ‘not an area of special architectural or historic interest’.
Other reasons given include that Cresswells Farm and Moor Farm are listed and already have a higher level of protection than the conservation area.
The area also does not have any other significant buildings.
Cllr Wilson said: “We’ve been working for some time with Bray ward councillors and a working group from Bray Parish Council on this.
“We will look at all the feedback we get when the consultation closes.”
On Thursday, May 19 a drop-in session was held at Holyport Village Hall which gave residents the chance to find out more about the changes.
The consultation is open until Monday, June 13.
Visit www.consult.rbwm.gov.uk to find out more.
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