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

What is the special interest of Letheringsett?

Buildings and material

  • The palette of materials of red and stock brick, flint, stone, and pantiles contribute to the character of the villages and are typical of the area.
  • Letheringsett combines grander buildings and polite Georgian architecture with the more modest workers' cottages and rural farms typical of the Glaven Valley. Little Thornage has many workers' cottages.
  • The Hardy family, who owned Letheringsett Hall, left a strong mark on the village as they rebuilt parts of the Hall and its outbuildings as well as building the malt kilns, the tun house, tunnels, bridges, and reservoirs.

The River Glaven and historic industries

  • Letheringsett is located on the River Glaven and has had at least one mill since Anglo-Saxon times. The mill is notable as the only one that still functions of the five surviving mills left on the River Glaven.
  • Historically milling and brewing were important industries to the economy of Letheringsett.
  • Letheringsett and Little Thornage reflect the area's agricultural history with several farms on the villages' outskirts.

Settings and views

  • Views of key buildings contribute to the special interest, especially those focussing on the tun house and malt kilns. There are attractive views along streets and across open spaces.
  • Much greenery, including mature trees, hedges, and open fields, enhances the Conservation Area.
  • The River Glaven is an important element of the setting of the Conservation Area, which is predominantly green and rural.

Townscape analysis

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

Letheringsett townscape map with key

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 Letheringsett with Little Thornage 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 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 existing buildings in the Conservation Area should be preserved.
  • The rural character of the villages 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.
  • Landscaping should be appropriate to the Conservation Area's character, and mature trees should be retained.
  • Views should be protected.
  • The agricultural and rural setting of the villages should be preserved.

Proposed locally listed buildings and boundary changes

The Appraisal proposes new local designations for buildings with architectural and historical qualities that add to the local character. These are not formally designated buildings but ones with 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 5.3, Section 6 and Appendix C. Changes to the boundary are also proposed and are shown on the plan and listed below. See Section 8.3.8 of the Appraisal for more details.

  1. On Blakeney Road are a series of cottages and farm buildings currently within the Glaven Valley Conservation Area boundary. That Conservation Area is primarily characterised by scattered farms, former mills, and large country houses. The smaller domestic buildings on the outskirts of villages are typically more closely related to the settlements' character, as is the case here. These buildings share similar characteristics in terms of scale, use and materials as the Letheringsett and Little Thornage Conservation Area. It forms an outlying group of cottages and farm buildings in the same manner as Little Thornage itself. It is therefore proposed that the boundary is redrawn to include the group of buildings along Blakeney Road.
  2. The village hall is currently excluded from the Conservation Area boundary. The hall is an interesting part of the Letheringsett's history, was built over 100 years ago and has formed part of the village's social life since then. Its exclusion from the boundary appears to be an anomaly. It is therefore proposed to redraw the boundary to include the village hall.
  3. Part of the boundary cuts straight across a large plot on the west side of Thornage Road, cutting directly through Waveney House. A more logical boundary would follow the plot line and include the whole of the house. It is therefore proposed to redraw the boundary around the edge of the plot for Waveney House. The Old Rectory, the King's Head public house and Honeysuckle Cottage are proposed for local listing as an architectural and historical special interest.

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

Letheringsett boundary review

Last updated: 2nd February 2021