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Isle of Wight to get new conservation areas

Wed 13 Jun 2012

Isle of Wight to get new conservation areas

The Isle of Wight could be set to win the right to devote more parts of the island as conservation areas if the delegated powers approve the plans.

Church Place, Freshwater and Totland Bay and its village could all be designated as conservation areas if the green light is given to the proposals.

Isle of Wight Council deputy leader councillor George Brown, who is the member responsible for  the economy, tourism, leisure, planning and property, will make the decision in the coming days, according to a report by the Isle of Wight County Press.

Totland was examined last year and currently does not have any areas of conservation, although a report considered it to have special architectural and historic character.

A large part of the parish is already classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while Headon Warren is the oldest surviving area of heathland on the island.

Boundaries for existing areas of conservation such as the Briary and Pound Green in Freshwater may also be redrawn depending on the decision made by Cllr Brown.

They both won the right to be designated conservation areas more than 30 years ago, but the boundary may move in order to ensure it includes regions of special interest.

Cllr Brown will also have to come to a decision on the future of the area of Church Place, which includes the Causeway, as well as a handful of buildings on the east side of River Yar.

A report into the viability of extending the conservation area of the town concluded that its historic and architectural character makes it worthy of consideration by the local council.

Last month, it was revealed that butterflies had been spotted on the Isle of Wight much earlier than usual, with Butterfly Conservation's Richard Fox indicating this was due to the "wild" spring weather experienced by the island.

Posted by Steph WhiteADNFCR-3083-ID-801384045-ADNFCR

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