Chance to give your views on draft update of Bonsall Conservation Area

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Monday 24 January 2011

Bonsall residents have the chance to comment on a draft appraisal (update) for the part of Bonsall Conservation Area that lies within the Peak District National Park.

As part of this process, a small extension is proposed to include Horsedale Farm for its important contribution to the south-west entrance to the village, and its historic and architectural interest.

Bonsall Conservation Area was originally designated by the former West Derbyshire District Council in 1972. The conservation area was extended within Derbyshire Dales and also the Peak District National Park in 1991.

Bonsall is one of 109 conservation areas in the national park, all designated to ensure the special character of a place is preserved and enhanced. Conservation Area Appraisals are carried out periodically to give an up-to-date analysis of the qualities that characterise a special place. They also provide guidance on how an area and/or property could be enhanced

Historically, Bonsall was a farming community, often combined with lead-mining. Stone and vein mineral quarrying along with textile and garment production also contributed to the local economy. The majority of buildings in the conservation area date from the eighteenth and nineteenth century and are built from local limestone with gritstone dressings. These are set in a landscape of steep limestone slopes and moorland peppered with field barns and enclosed by dry stone walls.

The draft Appraisal and proposed boundary extension is available for public consultation until February 24 2011 at:

Copies of the draft Appraisal have also been sent to Bonsall Parish Council and Bonsall History Group.

Written comments on the draft Bonsall (Peak Park) Conservation Area should be emailed to or sent by letter to the Historic Buildings Team at Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE, by 5pm Thursday February 24 2011.

This is an archived press release

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