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Have your say on preserving and enhancing St Michael’s Church Conservation Area, Huyton

Draft documents have been prepared to help preserve and enhance the St Michael’s Church conservation area in Huyton.

A conservation area is “an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”.

Knowsley Council has a duty to review conservation area designations from time to time and as part of their Historic Environment Strategy the council has committed to producing conservation area appraisals and management plans for all conservation areas throughout the borough. This is seen as best practice and will help continue to preserve and enhance these areas.

About St Michael’s Church Conservation Area

St Michael’s Church is one of fifteen conservation areas in Knowsley. This area has an especially long history, the Church is the key focal point and dominates the area, it is built on high ground which is likely to have been used as a place of worship for hundreds of years; the current church has some mediaeval fabric and also contains an Anglo-Norman font.

The conservation area is an example of a rural village that expanded during the Victorian era to include suburban housing for the middle-classes. As a result it contains several vernacular cottages that date from the early 1800s, and also includes a range of later Victorian properties with more varied detailing.

What are the Conservation Area Appraisal and the Conservation Area Management Plan?

The revised conservation area appraisal identifies the positive, neutral and negative features of the area and provides an outline of the main issues that affect its character and appearance.

The conservation area management plan provides planning guidance to owners, occupiers and their agents on the planning policies, procedures and design standards which will be expected to be met.

Both the appraisal and management plan will help ensure that when buildings are extended or altered they remain in keeping with the character of the area and any new developments are designed to respect the historic character and appearance of the area.

How can I comment?

You can view the draft documents on the council’s website and paper copies are available in the Huyton One Stop Shop.

Drop in session

There will also be a drop in session on Wednesday 10 October, 3pm-7pm at the Huyton One Stop Shop where members of the Historic Environment team will be available to discuss the plans and answer questions.  Old maps and photos will be available to view.

How can I have my say?

If you wish to make comments on these documents, you can attend the drop-in above or send your response via email to planning@knowsley.gov.uk

Alternatively you can reply in writing to:
Historic Environment Team
Planning Services
PO Box 26
Archway Road
L36 9FB

Please state the conservation area that you are commenting on.

All comments should be in writing and received by Monday 19 November 2018.

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