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Conservation Area Appraisals

Melling Conservation Area Appraisal Consultation

Traditionally constructed building in Melling

Traditionally constructed building in Melling

Lancaster City Council is carrying out a consultation on its draft Conservation Area Appraisal for Melling.

This consultation will run for 6 weeks from Monday 16 November to Monday 28 December 2015. 

The conservation area is characterised by its mixture of traditionally constructed farm and residential buildings, influenced by the availability of local materials, and designed architectural styles from 15th century to the 19th century.

The purpose of the consultation is to provide members of the public with an opportunity to make comments on the content of the draft conservation area appraisal to ensure that it represents Melling’s special architectural and historic interest.

For example, if you wanted to comment on any of following aspects of the appraisal:

• The historic development of the village
• The architectural quality and condition of the buildings
• The positive unlisted buildings identified within the boundary
• The important views identified within the boundary
• The layout and design of the draft document

A copy of the draft Conservation Area Appraisal Document can also be viewed in Lancaster and Morecambe Town Halls and Lancaster and Morecambe Libraries.

Have your say

Traditionally constructed building in Melling

Traditionally constructed building in Melling

A public drop in event will be held at Melling Institute on Tuesday 1 December 2015 4 to 7pm.

Other ways to have your say

Comments can also be made by:

Conservation Appraisal Assessment Background

Lancaster City Council is in the process of assessing its 37 conservation areas. Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 imposes a duty on local planning authorities to designate as conservation areas any 'areas of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance'.

Conservation area appraisals are a commonly used technique to identify and assess the character of a conservation area. The more clearly that character or special interest is defined, the easier it is to manage change without damaging that interest.

A clear and comprehensive appraisal of the character of a conservation area provides a sound basis for development control and for developing initiatives to improve the area.

Many of the district's conservation areas had no conservation area appraisal or one which was out-of-date. However, in 2009 the council worked in partnership with The Conservation Studio to assess the following seven conservation areas:

• Bolton-le-Sands
• Brookhouse
• Halton
• Hornby
• Slyne
• Warton
• Wray

The council held public consultation events in each of the seven conservation areas during February 2009. The council considered the responses received during the consultation period and the final drafts were approved by the relevant Cabinet. The formal adoption took place on 3 December 2009.

These seven conservation area appraisals, including the Townscape Appraisal Maps which illustrate any proposed boundary changes, can be downloaded from the column on the right-hand side of this page.

The council is continuing the assessment of its remaining conservation areas on its own behalf.



The Conservation Team




01524 582360

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