Glaven Valley Conservation Area review (JPG)

Date published: 21st November 2022

The Council is asking residents to have their say on the future of the management and protection of the Glaven Valley Conservation Area in North Norfolk. This follows the successful adoption of six new village Conservation Area Appraisals earlier this year.

The Glaven Valley Conservation Area was designated in 1984 and covers a large landscape area which follows the River Glaven.

Conservation Area designation introduces control over the demolition of unlisted buildings and provides a basis for planning policies whose objectives are to conserve all aspects of character or appearance.

This includes landscape and public spaces that define an area’s special interest, such as the historic layout of roads, paths, boundaries, landscapes and characteristic buildings and paving materials, which help to create a distinctive local identity.

The appraisal of Conservation Areas is needed to understand their character and significance. An appraisal provides an opportunity to define an area's special interest, consider any vulnerabilities or potential enhancement and ensure the boundaries stay relevant.

The Council’s appointed heritage consultants, Purcell have drafted an appraisal for the Glaven Valley Conservation Area. This appraisal records and analyses the special interest of the Valley, recognises the variety of heritage assets, identifies issues and opportunities, sets out proposals for boundary changes and provides for the positive long-term management and enhancement of the Conservation Area.

During the consultation period, which will run from November 21 to January 20, 2023, we will happily receive any comments on (1) the contents of the Appraisal and Management Plan and (2) the proposed boundary changes.

Cllr. Andrew Brown, portfolio holder for Planning and Enforcement, said:

“The Glaven Valley Conservation Area is a fantastic part of North Norfolk, rural conservation areas are pretty unique and we are fortunate to have this area to complement the Area of Outstanding Beauty, which our planning policies must ensure its protection and management in the future. As residents, we know there are lots of things you love about where you live and we would like to hear from you.”

The appraisal documents are available to view here –

There will be exhibitions displaying proposals at four locations - St Nicholas Church in Blakeney, Holt Library, St Lawrence Parish Church and the Council Offices in Cromer.

There will be an open meeting with Council representatives on Wednesday, 30 November, from 5:30pm to 7pm at The Venue in Holt.

Please send any feedback or questions to

Last updated: 12th April 2023