Chance to give your views on update of Bakewell Conservation Area

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Monday 21 January 2013

Residents and businesses have a chance to give their views on a draft update of Bakewell Conservation Area.

Bakewell Conservation Area was originally designated in 1980, and five minor amendments are proposed to the boundary, partly to accommodate changes since then.

The Peak District National Park Authority periodically reviews the 109 conservation areas in the national park, and this is part of the appraisal process.

Cultural heritage manager Ken Smith said: “I hope Bakewell residents will take the opportunity to look at the appraisal document, which covers in detail the traditional architecture, history and special characteristics of this market town.

“The conservation area protects Bakewell’s significant heritage which goes back to pre-Roman times. Its medieval bridges and buildings are still used to this day. It began to expand from the 12th century when it had a prosperous market, becoming a tourist destination in the 18th century, then a coaching town and spa.

“The town also has an important industrial heritage as Sir Richard Arkwright established a cotton spinning mill in the late 18th century.”

One of the proposed boundary amendments is to incorporate the Grade II listed workshop to the former Lumford Mill, thought to have been ancillary to the Arkwright mill which burnt down in 1868.

Another tidies up part of the boundary which currently cuts across the car park in Market Street, included for its historic value as the former site of Bakewell’s important livestock market. A third minor change would include a drive up to the Grade II listed Pindale Cottage.

A fourth amendment would exclude the modern Agricultural Business Centre, and the final one would exclude Wye Croft Court, a modern development built on the site of a previous building.

People can see the draft appraisal at
or at Bakewell Town Hall, Bakewell Visitor Centre or the Authority’s HQ (Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell).

They can also talk to conservation officers about it at an open session on Tuesday February 5, 3.30pm-7.30pm, in the Court Room, Bakewell Town Hall.

Written comments should be sent to the Cultural Heritage Team, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AE, or emailed to (marked ‘For the Cultural Heritage Team’) by Friday March 1.

This is an archived press release

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