Conservation Areas reinforced as Lib Dems aim to protect their future.

November 4, 2008 1:44 PM

Cambridge Lib Dems are to reinforce the Conservation Area status on two important parts of the city to ensure they can be protected for the future.

The Conduit Head Road area off Madingley Road contains important examples of 1930's houses and was originally designated a Conservation Area in 1984.

But a supporting assessment was never drawn up and now the Lib Dems plan to rectify that as part of a programme of Conservation Area appraisals, designations and reviews.

The West Cambridge Conservation Area, which covers Grange Road and its side roads, was also designated without a supporting assessment. Its status probably predates that of Robinson College.

The initial programme of appraisals will take place from April to July next year and will also review the boundary of the Mill Road and St Matthew's Conservation Area to see whether it should be extended into Romsey.

The Howes Place area will be the subject of assessment potentially leading to Conservation Area status.

Cambridge City Council leader, Cllr Ian Nimmo-Smith said: "Conservation Area status is an important option which supports our aim to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of areas of Cambridge. These need to be supported by well-researched and defensible assessments."

The programme of appraisals, designations and reviews was agreed at a meeting of Cambridge City Council's environment scrutiny committee today (Tuesday).

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