Views wanted on Richmond preservation plans

Richmond market place. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Local people are being asked for their views on a new plan to preserve historic Richmond.

The draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Proposals aim to recognise and preserve the special architectural or historic character of the area.

To best preserve and enhance this character council officers say they want to “understand and identify” what is of special interest and set out how it can be protected.

Comments are invited on the appraisal and management proposals – and in particular on the proposed amendment to the boundaries and whether more controls over minor changes should be sought by introducing an Article 4 Direction requiring planning permission for works such as replacement windows.

This means that change will be carefully considered to ensure the character or appearance of the conservation area is preserved or enhanced.

The closing date for comments is June 1.

There will be a small exhibition at Mercury House in Richmond from April 30 to May 3 – 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday – Thursdays and 8.45am to 4.45pm Fridays.

Following the consultation, the responses will be assessed and the document amended accordingly – the appraisal and management proposals will then be adopted by councillors as supplementary planning guidance.

The document is available at:

For more information contact the Conservation Officer on or 01748 901130