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

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 4 January 2011

Hathersage residents have the chance to comment on a draft review of the Hathersage Conservation Area.

The conservation area was originally designated in 1981, and this update by the Peak District National Park Authority - officially called an appraisal - looks in detail at the qualities that make it a special place. The Authority proposes a small extension to Hathersage Conservation Area to include Oddfellows Row and Bank House on Station Road, for their architectural and historic interest.

Hathersage was originally a small farming community, with lead-smelting and quarrying along the gritstone escarpments. Its location beside two brooks was a catalyst for development and Hathersage expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries from an agricultural settlement to an industrial one, with the construction of water-powered mills specialising in metal-working.

Part of the special interest of the Hathersage Conservation Area lies in its setting on the bottom of the Derwent Valley and within the cleft of The Dale, so that from almost any location in the village, the hills provide a green backdrop to the gritstone buildings.

The draft appraisal and proposed boundary extension is available for public consultation from Tuesday 4 January to 11 February 2011 and can be viewed at:

People can also drop in and talk to conservation officers about the appraisal at Hathersage Memorial Hall, Oddfellows Road on Wednesday 9 February 2011, any time between 4pm and 7:30pm.

Hathersage 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 Hathersage 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 11 February 2011.

This is an archived press release

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