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Residents’ chance to comment on Castleton Conservation Area update

This is an archived press release

Monday 14 September 2009

14 September 2009

Residents’ chance to comment on Castleton Conservation Area update

The people of Castleton have the chance to comment on a proposed update for the village’s conservation area.

The draft Castleton Conservation Area Appraisal - an illustrated document prepared by the Peak District National Park Authority - is available for public consultation until Friday October 16.

It looks in detail at the qualities that make Castleton Conservation Area a special place, and proposes five minor amendments to the conservation area boundary.

The draft appraisal and proposed amendments can be viewed at:

The Authority is also inviting residents to the Walker Room in Castleton Methodist Church on Tuesday September 29, anytime between 4pm and 7:30pm, to talk to Conservation Officers about the draft appraisal and proposed changes.

Castleton Conservation Area covers most of the settlement and is one of 109 conservation areas in the national park which are designated to ensure the special character of a place is preserved and enhanced. All conservation areas are reviewed periodically, and the appraisal forms part of this process.

Castleton’s origins are closely associated with the 12th century Peveril Castle. It is an early planned settlement on a grid-iron plan with the church and market place at its centre.  Already a thriving market town by the mid 13th century, agriculture and lead mining continued to be the impetus for growth. Mining activity reached its peak in 1700 - 1850, since when tourism has taken over.

Castleton is now the major tourist destination in the north of the national park. It is characterised by traditional two storey cottages of limestone with gritstone dressings and, where they survive, gritstone roofs, together with individual buildings of national importance - notably the castle, parish church and the hall.

Written comments on the draft appraisal and proposed boundary amendments should be sent to the Historic Buildings Team at Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE, by Friday October 16 2009.

This is an archived press release

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