Feedback shapes conservation area rejig
Recommendations have been made to alter Dinder's conservation area boundary, following results of a public consultation carried out earlier this year.
The conservation area appraisal went out to public consultation in January 2013, and most respondents were in favour of the document; however, there were requests for additional areas to be included in the conservation area.
Robert Palmer, from Mendip's heritage conservation team, said: "We would like to thank everyone who commented on the draft conservation area appraisal and after considering the responses in line with government guidance we have now made some recommended amendments.
"The original conservation area boundary will be extended to include the area to the west of The Rookery between the River Sheppey and the A371. The inclusion of this area would provide a more accurate setting of the conservation area and of Dinder House specifically. The area has landscape value and is historically associated with Dinder House."
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Dinder Lodge is of local significance to the village but is currently not included within the conservation area.
It has a close historic relationship with Dinder House and has both architectural and historic significance.
A map showing the proposed boundary change is available to be viewed at www.mendip.gov.uk. Hard copies of both the map and appraisal will also be available at St Michael's Church in the village, Dinder Village Hall and at Mendip District Council offices in Shepton Mallet.
Nigel Woollcombe-Adams, Mendip's portfolio holder for built environment, said: "The new, extended boundary will encompass a larger area of Dinder and offer greater protection to this historical village and its features. We are blessed to live in such a picturesque part of the country and the more we can do to help retain these 'picture postcard' views, the better.
"I encourage residents to have their say so we can ensure that Dinder benefits from the protection that a conservation area can offer."
The public are invited to comment on the appraisal and the proposed boundary change by sending a letter to Mendip District Council, Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet BA4 5BT or emailing custom erservices@men dip.gov.uk, clearly marking it for the attention of Robert Palmer. The consultation will end on April 5.
Once all the consultation responses have been considered a final version of the appraisal is expected to be put to the planning board for adoption.
To find out more about conservation areas in Mendip please visit www.mendip.gov.uk.