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Date published: 11th September 2018

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) is inviting residents to let them know what they find special about the historic villages of Blakeney, Cley, Morston and Wiveton, to help inform how their Conservation Areas can be managed in future.

The four Glaven Ports are undergoing a Conservation Area Appraisal which will review the conservation area designation that protects their character through the planning process. NNDC’s appointed heritage consultancy, Purcell, has drafted appraisals for each of the four settlements, defining their special qualities and identifying the issues which threaten them. The documents aim to provide guidelines for the public, developers and planners to prevent erosion of character and achieve enhancement.

The consultation will run until October 22.

Exhibitions displaying the proposals will feature in the parish church of each village during the consultation period. Copies of the full appraisal documents will also be available alongside feedback forms to leave written comments.

A public meeting will be held at Blakeney Village Hall on Friday, October 5 (6.30pm-8pm), where representatives from NNDC and Purcell will be available to explain the process and answer questions.

Cllr Sue Arnold, NNDC Cabinet Member for Planning and Planning Policy, said: “This is a very special part of North Norfolk, loved and valued by residents and holiday makers alike. As a council, it is important we do everything and anything we can to preserve and enhance this lovely area.

“I trust as many people as possible will take part in the consultation, giving us their thoughts and aspirations. I look forward to reviewing the results, which will help shape our future management strategy for the area.”

Cllr Karen Ward, NNDC Ward Member for Glaven Valley, said: “The local communities are delighted to be given this opportunity to have a say about the character of their villages. Pressure from development and alterations risk the very fabric which makes these places special for residents and tourists alike.

“This work will be a valuable asset in building sustainable and vibrant working communities for the next generation and beyond.”

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The exhibitions can be viewed at the following parish churches (normal opening times apply):

  • St Nicholas Church, Blakeney
  • St Margaret’s Church, Cley
  • St Mary’s Church, Wiveton
  • All Saints’ Church, Morston

Last updated: 5th August 2019