New Haddenham conservation area boundaries approved
Archived press release
Date Published: 16/09/08
The village was awarded conservation area status in 1971.
A number of boundary changes to the Haddenham conservation area have been approved by Aylesbury Vale District Council.
Councillors have agreed to alter the existing boundaries to create two conservation areas in the historic village.
The changes went through an extensive process of consultation – including an exhibition in the village hall – before being adopted at the full council meeting on 10 September.
Areas which will now be included within the revised boundaries include a row of early 20th century properties in Thame Road, the allotment gardens in Townside and historic ponds to the south of the railway line. However, a number of modern properties will lose their conservation area status as they are not of sufficient historical interest.
Haddenham was awarded conservation area status in 1971 in recognition of its architectural and historic importance. The council undertook an appraisal of the conservation area earlier this year that included a review of the boundaries.
Designation as a conservation area means that where development is proposed, special attention has to be paid to the design of new buildings and extensions to existing buildings. A high standard of design will always be expected, with particular regard to the scale, proportion and fabric of the structure to ensure that any new development maintains the existing character of the area.
Permission must also be obtained before buildings are demolished. Trees are protected and additional publicity is given to development proposals which would affect the character or appearance of the area.
“We are proud of our beautiful villages in Aylesbury Vale which we need to protect as much as possible,” said Councillor Sue Polhill, Cabinet Member for Planned Development. “The conservation area boundary changes in Haddenham will highlight the special character of this historic village which can be preserved for future generations.”
The revised boundary map, along with further information on the conservation areas, is available on the council’s website.