Ilam residents can have their say on update of conservation area

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Thursday 9 February 2012

The people of Ilam have the chance to comment on a draft update of Ilam Conservation Area, originally designated in 1977.

The draft proposals include a slight westward extension to the existing conservation area boundary to incorporate an Anglo-Saxon cross and the entire length of Paradise Walk.

The Conservation Area Appraisal, prepared by the Peak District National Park Authority, looks in detail at the qualities that make Ilam Conservation Area a special place.

The village of Ilam was originally part of the Benedictine Abbey of Burton-on-Trent and early remnants of Ilam’s history are found in the 10th century crosses in the churchyard and park and Anglo-Saxon remnants in the Church.

Today, Ilam is essentially the creation of a 19th century industrialist, Jesse Watts Russell, who transformed it into a picturesque arena, rebuilding the original hall in the fashionable Gothick style of the day, creating a landscaped parkland and replacing much of the original vernacular Peakland settlement with an architect-designed Alpine-style model estate village.

The draft Appraisal and proposed boundary extension are available for public consultation until Friday March 9 2012 and can be viewed at:
• The Authority’s website at
• The Authority’s headquarters at Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, in normal office hours
• The National Trust Visitor Centre at Ilam
• Ilam Parish Council.

Ilam is one of 109 Conservation Areas in the Peak District 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.

Written comments on the draft Ilam Conservation Area Appraisal and proposed boundary extension should be sent to the Historic Buildings Team at Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE, or by email to (giving your name and address) by Friday March 9 2012.

For general enquiries, contact the Authority’s customer service team on 01629 816200 or

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