Glaven Valley Conservation Area review (JPG)

Date published: 10th February 2023

North Norfolk District Council has extended the Glaven Valley Conservation Area Appraisal until March 31, 2023, to allow additional time for feedback.

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 last year.

The Council is also holding two extra public meetings with Council and Purcell representatives. Both meetings will take place on Thursday 9 March, one in Holt at The Venue from 4:30pm to 6pm and one in Blakeney at Blakeney Village Hall from 7pm to 8pm. During these meetings, Officers will explain the process and answer any questions.

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

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 now run from November 21 to March 31, 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 Natural 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 are exhibitions displaying proposals at two locations - St Nicholas Church in Blakeney and St Lawrence Parish Church in Hunworth, with hard copies of the draft appraisal available at Holt Library and the Council Offices in Cromer.

Please send any feedback or questions to

Last updated: 12th April 2023