Local authorities are required by law to 'preserve and enhance' the appearance of Conservation Areas in the course of their planning duties, and also to review their boundaries periodically and bring forward proposals for preserving and enhancing them. Babergh District Council has been unable to review the Great Waldingfield Conservation Area for some years, but has now commissioned Patrick Taylor to undertake the work on their behalf - a job he is very familiar with, having done exactly that at BDC for 15 years before retiring.
One of the main reasons for having an up-to-date Appraisal is to use it as a reference tool for planning officers who may be making development decisions concerning areas that they are not familiar with. Indeed, they may not even have visited the area, so it's important that they are able to gain as much information as possible from the document.
The GW Conservation Area is centred on the Grade-1 listed church with an extension East to Upsher Green as can be seen in the map below.
Mr. Taylor's consultation will run until 30th June, and he is inviting comments on his proposals and suggestions for possible improvement. His draft appraisal can be found by following this link
On the 22nd of October 1935, The Times published a photo taken from the B1115 of the view across the fields towards the church. Alongside that photo (below) is a photo taken over 80 years later, and showing how little the view has changed in that time.
Here are some photos of parts of the Conservation Area and possible Heritage Assets from around the village.
After the Second World War the government recognised that there was little to protect historic buildings, and started to take a rather piecemeal approach to do so. However there was widespread public concern about the pace of redevelopment in historic towns and cities, and unregulated development in villages, so in 1967 the Civic Amenities Act was introduced, and with it the concept of Conservation Areas was born.