Have your say on the future of Swalcliffe village

Swalcliffe Church PNL-150720-100557001
Swalcliffe Church PNL-150720-100557001

Cherwell District Council (CDC) is seeking feedback from the public about the proposed change to conservation boundaries which will impact the village of Swalcliffe.

A conservation area appraisal will take place for Swalcliffe to review how the village’s special character can be preserved and enhanced.

CDC not only want to hear from people about the proposed conservation boundary changes but also what structures or spaces they feel are worthy of recognition.

A public meeting and exhibition will be held in the village hall on Tuesday, July 5, from 7pm until 8.30pm with representatives of the conservation team in attendance.

The draft appraisal can be viewed prior to the meeting at Swalcliffe Village Hall in Green Lane between 4pm and 6pm on the same day.

For those unable to attend, the draft appraisal can still be viewed at the North Area Mobile Library, Banbury Library, Bodicote House and on the council’s website at www.cherwell.gov.uk/conservation .

Members of the public have until August 17 to voice their concerns and suggestions to the council and can submit feedback at design.conservation@cherwell-dc.gov.uk with the subject header Swalcliffe Conservation.

Alternatively comments can be sent in writing to Swalcliffe Conservation Appraisal, Conservation Team, Cherwell District Council, White Post Road, Bodicote, OX15 4AA.

Councillor Colin Clarke, Cherwell’s lead member for planning, said: “While it is not unusual for us to conduct a conservation area appraisal, it is essential that we can involve as many people as possible.

“It is an opportunity for people in the area to tell us what they think is important, what needs protecting and the steps we can take to improve the area for everyone.”

“On Tuesday, 5 July we will be in the village to discuss our proposals for the area and inviting feedback on the issues we have raised or may have missed. It’s crucial to get local people involved in this as the decisions we make will affect their village in the future.”

The conservation area appraisal will review how the buildings, open spaces and surrounding landscape can be managed and preserved to enhance the special character of the Swalcliffe.

The public will have the opportunity to comment on the buildings and structures proposed for inclusion on the list of non-designated heritage assets and will be able to propose any other buildings, structures or spaces which are worthy of recognition.

Furthermore, villagers and the general public will be able to put forward ideas for any specific actions the parish, district or county councils could take to further enhance and preserve the area.