Conservation plan put forward to protect Redhill's "Victorian heart" (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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Conservation plan put forward to protect Redhill's "Victorian heart"
8:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
Plans for a new conservation area in Redhill to protect its “Victorian heart” have been put forward.
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council is seeking residents' views on the proposed scheme.
It said the proposed Redhill Conservation Area would cover the "Victorian heart of Redhill," in particular, around the junction of Station Road and High Street.
Buildings of architectural merit there include The Junction pub, Lloyds Bank and the retail unit on the corner, which is home to Thomas Cook.
The Baptist Chapel would also be included. Most of the buildings date from around 1900 and are already locally listed. The Baptist Chapel is Grade II listed.
A conservation area is termed "an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance."
Designation gives statutory recognition and protection, and places a duty on the borough council to ensure that any development proposals preserve or enhance the special character of the area. A borough council spokeswoman said the boundary of the conservation area has been drawn taking into account the town centre regeneration plans.
Mike Miller, borough council executive member for planning and development, said: "Redhill has some iconic Victorian architecture and we want to ensure that what remains is preserved for future generations.”
Coun Miller said: "If implemented, the conservation area will not jeopardise Redhill's regeneration plans, but enable new development to be better managed and bring about some improvements to this important central area of the town centre."
The consultation on the proposals will close on Tuesday, October 8, after which the results will be presented to the borough council's Planning Committee, for a decision on whether to designate the conservation area. People wanting to comment on the proposals should write to the Conservation Section, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Town Hall, Castlefield Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0SH, or email: John.McInally@reigate-banstead.gov.uk Website: www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk