Chance to give your view on update of Rowsley Conservation Area

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 18 January 2011

The people of Rowsley have the chance to comment on a draft review of the Rowsley Conservation Area. This illustrated document - officially called an appraisal - is prepared by the Peak District National Park Authority, and looks in detail at the qualities that make the Rowsley Conservation Area a special place.

The conservation area was originally designated in 1987 and includes well-known buildings such as the 17th century Peacock Hotel and 19th century Caudwell's Mill. The Authority does not propose any new extensions to the conservation area, but the appraisal gives an update on its important historic and architectural aspects, and includes guidelines for property owners contemplating alterations and repairs.

The majority of buildings in the conservation area date from the 19th century, with a few buildings surviving from the 17th century. Historically, agriculture and small-scale industries helped shape Rowsley's early development, and the railway and mill in the 19th century brought larger scale industry.  

Part of the special interest of Rowsley is its connection with the rivers Derwent and Wye and the utilization of water to power Caudwell's Mill.

The draft Appraisal is available for public consultation until February 11 and can be viewed at:

Residents can also talk to conservation officers about the draft appraisal at St Katherine's Church, Church Lane, Rowsley on Wednesday February 2, anytime between 4pm and 7.30pm.

Rowsley is one of 109 conservation areas in the National Park. These 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.   

Comments on the draft Rowsley Conservation Area Appraisal should be emailed to or sent by letter to the Historic Buildings Team at Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE, by Friday February 11 2011.

This is an archived press release

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