Rossendale Borough Council Adopts New Conservation Strategy

Published March 10, 2016 at 13:40

Rossendale Borough Council has adopted a new Conservation Strategy for 2016-2021.

The Conservation Strategy shows the Council’s commitment to heritage and celebrates the Valley’s rich architectural history.

The strategy will provide the Council with a new strategic approach to conservation, accompanied by the Conservation Officer post we have in the Council.

Conservation forms an important part of the Council’s statutory planning functions, contributes to the resolution of buildings at risk, the determination of planning applications, designation and management of conservation areas and the formulation of planning policies. An appreciation of conservation of the historic environment and special historic character creates high quality places, and a well-managed historic environment creates a more attractive environment for everyone.

The adoption of a conservation strategy is a way of assessing the work that must be achieved in the borough in terms of general improvement (for example buildings at risk) and statutory duties. It also provides a focus of resources based on the needs of the Council and the borough.

The strategy outlines the most critical work to be undertaken over the next five years, and also includes ongoing activities.

Cllr Christine Lamb, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said;

“I’m really pleased we’ve adopted this new Conservation Strategy, the Council takes heritage and conservation very seriously and this is a clear demonstration of that.”

Rossendale Borough Council is committed to conservation work and earlier this year the Council consulted on bringing in Waterside Mill into Bacup’s Conservation Area in order to protect the listed building. This is in addition to the large Townscape Heritage Initiative Project currently underway in Bacup (Bacup THI).

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