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

What is the special interest of Edgefield?

Historic village core

  • Edgefield Conservation Area covers only part of a dispersed village.
  • The Conservation Area derives its character from its variety of historic buildings with a village green and pond at its centre and agricultural fields around.

Street pattern and development

  • Edgefield Conservation Area encompasses areas with different characters. Norwich Road is densely built up with double layered and closely spaced houses that block views of the countryside beyond. The village green has a more open character with buildings set back from the road. The remainder of the Conservation Area is more sparsely developed with the fields running up to the roads.
  • The centre of Edgefield has shifted over time and this is reflected in the ruined old church outside the Conservation Area. Other substantial buildings including the Old Rectory, the Mount and the Old White Horse also lie beyond the Conservation Area.

Buildings and materials

  • Edgefield’s historic buildings are typical of the North Norfolk vernacular in their form and use of flint, red brick and red clay pantiles. Around the Green there are also rendered and painted buildings.
  • Relatively few of the barns and outbuildings associated with farmhouses have been converted and there is a strong sense of the continued importance of agriculture to the village’s economy.
  • The now converted Post Office, village school, smithy and Baptist Chapel reinforce the sense of the Green as the historical village centre.
  • The Parish Bungalows and the nationally listed 1 - 4 Holt Road reflect a historic commitment to social housing.
  • The main road means there are more kerbs, posts and bollards than are typically found in conservation areas in North Norfolk.

Setting and views

  • Agricultural field, undulating landscape and buried and visible archaeology contribute to the setting of the Conservation Area.
  • The parish is dispersed and there are many important buildings that contribute to an understanding of the village that lie around the Conservation Area.

Townscape analysis

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

Edgefield 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 Edgefield 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.
  • The village will be managed to maintain the existing development pattern of clusters of buildings around the Village Green, denser development along Norwich/Holt Road and more dispersed settlement along Pecks Lane.
  • 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.
  • Landscaping should be appropriate to the character of the Conservation Area and mature trees should be retained.
  • Views should be protected.
  • The rich buried archaeology of the area will be preserved and, when the opportunity arises, properly investigated and recorded.

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.

Exclude from the Conservation Area boundary

  1. The House, Holt Road is a modern house that is not on the site of an earlier historic house and does not contribute to the special interest of the Conservation Area.
  2. The infill housing on Norwich Road and Sands Loke are modern as are the farm buildings to the west. These buildings represent a large area that does not contribute positively to the character of the Conservation Area although the area should still be regarded as part of the setting of the Conservation Area.
  3. The housing on the east-west stretch of Pecks Lane is that is not on the site of earlier historic dwellings and does not contribute to the special interest of the Conservation Area.
  4. Part of a field that has no physical boundary along the Conservation Area boundary. Whilst an important part of the setting, it does not have the character of the Conservation Area.

Include within the Conservation Area boundary

  1. Nos.1 - 8 Holt Road are early examples of local authority housing that pre-date the First World War and are nationally important (although only two pairs of cottages are nationally listed). They make an unusual and important contribution to the special interest of the Conservation Area.
  2. The church is an important building in the history and life of Edgefield. It and the two nearby historic farms should be included as part of the Conservation Area as should Manor Farm, another historic farm that is prominent in views. The additions enhance the special interest of the Conservation Area.
  3. This area is included so that the gardens of The Hermitage and Clement House do not straddle the Conservation Area boundary.

Nos 5-8 Holt Road, The Lodge and the Old Smithy on the Green, the Old Post Office and the former Baptist Chapel and Manor Farm House are proposed for local listing.

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

Edgefield boundary changes map

Last updated: 22nd November 2021