Papplewick conservation appraisal is completed

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A FINAL decision is looming on a scheme designed to preserve the history and image of picturesque Papplewick.

Gedling Borough Council announced last year that it wanted to extend a conservation area in the village.

It launched a Conservation Area Appraisal to gauge public opinion on the plan because it would result in new developments and the restriction of certain changes to homes

A consultation was organised and a public meeting was held in the village last month.

That consultation ended on Thursday last week and now council officers are sifting through the results. These will be presented to a steering group on Thursday April 14.

If approved, any changes to the conservation status in Papplewick will be brought in during the summer.

Six of the borough’s villages have conservation areas, including Papplewick and neighbouring Linby. Gedling says it has a duty to protect them to ensure that their appearance is preserved or enhanced.

The Conservation Area Appraisal is designed to identify special areas or buildings that should be protected.

In medieval times, Papplewick marked the southern gateway to Sherwood Forest, In 2002, it was crowned Nottinghamshire’s best-kept village in the category of those with 200 to 500 homes. It currently has a population of about 650.

Within the current conservation area, which was created in 1973, are 18th-century cottages and the historic Papplewick Hall.