Residents' support sought as two Coventry neighbourhoods are put forward for 'conservation area status' - The Coventry Observer

Residents' support sought as two Coventry neighbourhoods are put forward for 'conservation area status'

Coventry Editorial 22nd Mar, 2022   0

VIEWS of residents are being sought on two Coventry neighbourhoods with a high number of heritage buildings and sites.

Earlsdon and part of Brownshill Green are the latest to be put forward as conservation areas and will join the city’s 16 others, including Far Gosford Street, Naus Mill and Stoke Green.

Heritage officers have drawn up proposals for parts of Earlsdon and Brownshill Green – described as areas of architectural and historical interest.

The consultation will start this week and, if there is public support for the plans, it would help put greater protections on heritage in the two neighbourhoods.

More stringent planning policies would be introduced meaning new applications for changes to the environment or buildings would have to be considered by planning committee.

Coun David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, brought forward these plans as he feels the council should do all it could to value the heritage and characteristics of buildings and sites that had stood the test of time.

“If local people support our proposal this would mean ensuring that any developments are sensitive to the history of those areas.

“It’s about putting procedures in place so the planning committee and the public can help shape the future look and feel of the neighbourhoods that preserve or enhance the character of the buildings as a whole.”

Coun Kindy Sandhu, Earlsdon Ward councillor, said he supported the proposal and knew many residents would too.

“We want to retain the good community relations in the area, and I’m sure conservation status will have a positive impact.

“It will mean more consideration when new developments are being considered. The area is full of historical gems, and these should be recognised.”

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