Kirknewton residents’ views sought on conservation area

Public consultation is underway on a new Conservation Area Appraisal for the Northumberland village of Kirknewton.
 
The appraisal aims to define and raise awareness and appreciation of the special interest of the Kirknewton Conservation Area, explain its importance to the built, cultural and natural heritage of the area, and plan for its future. 
 
The document describes the distinctive character of the village, which has been shaped by natural and man-made influences, and evaluates and records its special interests, qualities and significances.
 
The attractive rural village of Kirknewton, nestled under the Cheviot Hills, originated  in the medieval period but saw dramatic changes in the 18th and 19th centuries. 
 
The village is rich in history; amongst the 15 listed building within the village are the mausoleum of the Davison family (Alexander Davison was Nelson’s prize agent and friend), and the grave of Josephine Butler, an important figure in  the early Women’s Rights Movement. Several buildings, including the school and parts of the Church, were designed by important North-East architect John Dobson.
 
Kirknewton’s Conservation Area straddles to local planning authority areas - Northumberland National Park and Northumberland County Council, and that is why the two authorities have been working closely together on the appraisal.   
 
Councillor John Riddle is Cabinet Member for Planning, Housing and Resilience at Northumberland County Council and also Member of the Northumberland National Park Authority.  He says:  “Kirknewton is beautiful village with a fascinating history.  
 
“We hope that this appraisal will help to conserve and enhance its character and appearance and provide a baseline to inform decisions about the area’s future and the management of change within it. The appraisal also provides the opportunity to review the boundaries of the Conservation Area and, where appropriate, propose amendments.
 
“I hope that people will take this opportunity to have a look at the document and provide any comments that they would like to make.”
 
The Consultation will run until 31st October 2018.  A copy of the Kirknewton Conservation Area Character Appraisal document can be viewed on the Northumberland National Park website here, along with details of the consultation process and how you can have your say.
 
Local residents have already been invited to a drop-in session at Kirknewton Village Hall and despite the fierce winds of Storm Ali, which brought down trees and power lines in the area, over 20 residents of the area turned up to a drop-in session at the Village Hall to find out more about the proposed future management of the village. 
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