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This page summarises the key elements of the Conservation Area Appraisal for Brinton: 

What is the special interest of Brinton?

A Georgianised village

  • Unusual in the Glaven Valley, Brinton has a high concentration of Georgian or Georgian-fronted buildings,  which give it a distinctive, polite character.
  • The Greek Revival Brinton Hall and its outbuildings, located at the centre of the village, are an important contributor to its character.

Street pattern and development

  • From its centre around the village green, three roads radiate out with three large houses at the ends of the village.
  • There are comparatively few modern buildings in the village and these are
    dispersed throughout the village

Buildings and materials

  • Brinton’s historic buildings comprise both Georgian or Georgianised buildings and typical North Norfolk  vernacular buildings, with the former concentrated at the village centre.
  • Typical materials are brick, flint and red or dark glazed clay pantiles.
  • Although fewer in number today than historically, the agricultural buildings in the village are an important link to its historic and continuing agricultural economy, particularly Home Farm on the Street, Church Farm on the Green and the barns of Old Hall. 
  • Historic outbuildings survive alongside a variety of buildings and in considerable numbers. They contribute to the varied scale of buildings in the Conservation Area. 
  • The oldest standing fabric is found in St Andrew’s Church (medieval and possibly Anglo-Saxon) and the remains of the medieval stone cross on the Green.

Setting and views

  • The agricultural fields run into the village, reflecting its historic reliance on agriculture, whilst the meadows are illustrative of its river valley location. The many mature trees and woodblocks create a secluded character that limit views into the Conservation Area except from the rising ground to the south. 
  • The villages of Thornage and Sharrington are important contributors to Brinton’s setting as they have, respectively, historic manorial and current parish ties.

Townscape analysis

The Brinton map is available to view as a pdf.

Brinton townscape plan

Conservation philosophy

The overarching aim of the recommendations contained within the Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan is the preservation and enhancement of the character, appearance and special architectural interest of Brinton Conservation Area. This philosophy will guide planning decisions in the Conservation Area. It is defined in further detail in Section 8.2 of the Appraisal and summarised below:

  • The built environment should be well maintained.
  • Nationally and locally designated buildings should be preserved and enhanced.
  • Detracting features should be removed.
  • The sensitive replacement of lost historic features or those which have been replaced with inappropriate alternatives is encouraged.
  • Outbuildings, boundaries and landscape features which form the setting of individual heritage assets should be preserved and enhanced.
  • The scale, massing, density of buildings and materiality of the existing buildings in the Conservation Area should be preserved.
  • The rural character of the village should be preserved.
  • New development should be high quality and appropriate in terms of scale, massing, design and materials, and should be the minimum necessary to meet housing demands.
  • The village will be managed to respect the historic pattern of settlement with a greater concentration of buildings at the village centre and sparser development along The Street and Stody Road.
  • Landscaping should be appropriate to the character of the Conservation Area and mature trees should be retained.
  • Views should be protected.

Proposed locally listed buildings and boundary changes

The Appraisal proposes new local designations for buildings which have architectural and historic qualities that add to the local character. These are not formally designated buildings but ones which have a degree of significance that merit consideration in planning decisions. They are shown in yellow on the adjacent plan and listed in the Appraisal document in Section 6 and Appendix C. Changes to the boundary are also proposed and are shown on the plan and listed below. See Section 8.3.7 of the Appraisal for more details.

The boundary has been reviewed and proposed changes are detailed below.

  1. Thornage and the meadow between Brinton and Thornage. The existing Conservation Area is to be split into two to allow the clearer definition of the special interest and facilitate the future management of each.
  2. Area of field or meadow. These areas are not developed and four of the fie are arbitrary divisions across larger fields. It is proposed the boundary treatment remains within the Conservation Area.

The boundary fences of Brinton Hall and the churchyard, Brinton Hall Walled Garden and Home Farm barn are proposed for local listing.

The following Brinton map is available to view as a pdf.

Brinton boundary changes

Last updated: 22nd November 2021