A new conservation area for eastern Tiverton

Posted on: 26 March 2014

The Council will shortly be starting a six week public consultation about the possible designation of a new Conservation Area in and around Blundell’s School, to the east of Tiverton.

Conservation Areas are special groups of buildings or areas designated for their architectural quality (including trees and open spaces). They ensure that extra emphasis is given to their special character, history and development, and also to their preservation or enhancement when making decisions about planning, highways, improvement schemes etc. The Blundell’s area has a strong character, with beautiful specimen trees, tree lined roads and good 19th and 20th century houses and school buildings.

Conservation officer Catherine Marlow says “This is a very beautiful part of Tiverton and it would be good to give it the formal status it deserves. The school in particular is of huge importance to the town’s history and with its lovely setting really makes a great contribution to the town.”

The proposed area includes the school and residential housing along Blundell’s Avenue, Blundell’s Road, the old railway walk, parts of Tidcombe Lane, the Tidcombe Fenn SSSI, Gornhay Orchard area, and Popham Close.

The consultation will run for from 7th April until 16th May and every property within the proposed area will receive a letter with details about the proposal. A manned exhibition will be held in the Council offices on 28th April from 1-6pm and people are encouraged to come and ask questions about how this might affect them. Comments are welcomed on the proposal, particularly its boundary, and on the appraisal that accompanies it. All documents can be found on the Council’s website during the consultation period.

Following the consultation all responses will be taken to the Council’s Cabinet who will make the final decision on whether or not to create the Conservation Area.

The Council’s contact for this press release is:

Catherine Marlow cmarlow@middevon.gov.uk 01884 234341 or alternatively,

Peter Williams prwilliams@middevon.gov.uk 01884 234344

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