At a cabinet meeting at Babergh District Council in March 2019 the committee unanimously voted to accept the Conservation Area Appraisal drafted by Patrick Taylor - subject to a public consultation on enlarging the CA following recommendations in Mr. Taylor's document. Babergh have now issued the proposed boundary (see below), with the consultation closing at 5pm on Friday 14th June 2019.
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 had been unable to review the Great Waldingfield Conservation Area for some years, but in 2018 commissioned Patrick Taylor to undertake the work on their behalf - a job he was 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 current 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.
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.