Foxton Conservation Area Public Consultation
A public meeting will be held at Foxton Village, Hardman Road Hall on Monday 15 January 2018 at 6:30pm.
South Cambridgeshire District Council and Foxton Parish Council are holding a public consultation on a proposed extension to the Foxton Conservation Area and new Conservation Area Appraisal.
Conservation areas exist to protect the historic and architectural elements which make a place special. People value conservation areas for their distinctiveness, visual appeal and historic character. Foxton Conservation Area is currently very small and does not include all the areas within Foxton which have special architectural and historic interest.
The meaning and value which buildings and other aspects of the conservation area have for local people is important in forming a Conservation Area Appraisal and boundary which best reflect the special interest of Foxton. In order to allow maximum opportunity for members of the community and other stakeholders to take part in this consultation it will run for eight weeks from the 15 December 2017 to 9 February 2018.
In addition to the online consultation available here, hard copies of the appraisal and questionnaire are available at the following locations:
South Cambridgeshire Hall
Cambourne Business Park
Foxton Village Hall
Comments can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to The Consultancy Unit, Planning and New Communities, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, CB23 6EA.
Information boards will also be displayed at Foxton Village Hall throughout the consultation period.
Foxton Conservation Area proposed extension and Appraisal
A conservation area is ‘an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance’.
Conservation areas may be small or large and each has its own look, feel and distinctive sense of place. Conservation areas will normally be based on groups of buildings that are listed or of local interest, and include other features such as open spaces, trees, a historic street patter, archaeology or historic landscapes. Key views and the street scene, or townscape, also contribute to the special character of conservation areas.
There is a requirement for local authorities to periodically review their conservation areas and publish proposals for their preservation and enhancement. South Cambridgeshire District Council has worked with members of Foxton Parish Council to jointly produce an appraisal, which is now out for public consultation. The appraisal describes the character of the area and what is significant or important about it, and sets out proposals for its conservation and enhancement.
The existing Foxton Conservation Area, designated in 1972, includes the west end of High Street, The Green and Malting Lane. The appraisal proposes a substantial increase in the extent of the conservation area, and has been drawn to include all of High Street and Mortimers Lane, and parts of Station Road and Fowlmere Road. It is proposed that the boundary is extended to include:
- The majority of the listed buildings in the village including St Laurence’s Church;
- The former University Tutorial Press works and associated cottages on Station Road;
- Foxton House and its historic parkland;
- The thatched cottages and medieval moat of Mortimers Lane;
- Foxton Dovecote and Meadow.
A number of locally significant buildings have also been identified at Appendix B of the appraisal, following Historic England guidelines. These are buildings which are considered to be of particular architectural or historic interest in Foxton, although they may not have the national interest necessary to be listed. There are buildings identified both within and outside the proposed conservation area.