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Have your say on Bradfield conservation area update

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 6 January 2010

06 January 2010

Have your say on Bradfield conservation area update

Villagers in High and Low Bradfield, in the Peak District National Park near Sheffield, can have their say on a proposed update of their conservation areas.

The National Park Authority’s draft conservation area appraisal looks in detail at the historic buildings and their settings that were originally given conservation area status in 1981.

The update proposes two extensions to the conservation areas - first, to include a small 1989 addition to the churchyard at the medieval St Nicholas Parish Church in High Bradfield, and second to add the 97-year-old Water Filter Station site in Low Bradfield.

The Water Filter Station was built in 1913 to purify water from Strines, Dale Dike and Agden reservoirs. It closed in 1995 when a new water treatment works was built and is now dilapidated, but it has a classical-influenced façade and is a prominent feature of Low Bradfield. The Authority is recommending it should be repaired.

Historically, the villages grew up around farming, corn-milling and mining. Low Bradfield originated around a manorial corn mill on the River Loxley, and High Bradfield dates from the 12th century, when a Norman motte and bailey castle was built (now Bailey Hill). St Nicholas Church was also an important ecclesiastical centre. Both villages expanded to accommodate labourers during reservoir construction in the 19th century.

There are 109 conservation areas in the Peak District National Park - all are reviewed periodically, and this appraisal is part of that process.

The draft Conservation Area Appraisal is available for public comment until January 29.

Residents are invited to drop in to the Village Hall in Low Bradfield on Wednesday January 20, any time from 4pm to 7.30pm, to talk to conservation officers about it.

Alternatively, people can see the document online at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/caa . It can also be seen at the Post Office in Woodfall Lane, Low Bradfield, at Bradfield Parish Council, or at National Park headquarters, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE (tel: 01629 816200).

Written comments should be sent to the Historic Buildings Team at that address. Alternatively email: customer.service@peakdistrict.gov.uk marked “For the attention of the Historic Buildings Team.” The deadline for comments is Friday January 29.

This is an archived press release

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