Residents are invited to have their say on proposals for a new conservation area in Smiths Green, Takeley.

Uttlesford District Council is asking for feedback on the plans, which would see a conservation area dissected by Smiths Green Lane and extending down to the B1256 in the south.

The appraisal was commissioned by Takeley Parish Council and prepared by Essex County Council's Place Services, and defines the key element of the special character and appearance of Smiths Green.

It will provide guidance for the positive management of listed and other historic buildings - of which there are 10 within the site - as well as other elements that contribute to the area.

Takeley Parish Council initially commissioned a heritage assessment and audit as part of the Takeley Neighbourhood Plan, which highlighted the potential to designate Smiths Green as a conservation area.

A public exhibition will be held at The Old School Community Centre, Brewers End, Takeley, CM22 6SB from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, September 9, as part of a consultation on the draft document.

This is an opportunity to learn more about the appraisal, to ask questions and to provide feedback.

The consultation runs until September 29, and all details are available at

Paper copies of the document are available from the Uttlesford District Council offices in Saffron Walden, Dunmow and Saffron Walden libraries and Takeley Community Centre.


Comments can be made online via the website, by email to or by post to Uttlesford District Council, Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4ER.

The comments received will be used to help put together the final version of the appraisal.

This will then be presented to the district council's cabinet for consideration.

If approved, the appraisal would become the 31st conservation area in Uttlesford, and will be used to assist in the process of determining planning applications and for implementing management proposals.

Conservation areas are areas that have been designated for their special and unique character, appearance and historic interest.

Within conservation areas, controls are in place to help preserve and enhance their character and appearance.