We designated the Belph Conservation Area (91kb) as an area of special architectural and historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to both preserve and enhance, in February 1979. The boundary of the conservation area has been extended once in July 2008.

It is considered that this special architectural and historic interest is due to the survival of many of the buildings which formed the farming hamlet in the 19th century, and the associated agricultural land, all of which was managed as part of the Welbeck Estate.

We have prepared a Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (1.12MB) for the area.

The document defines the special character and appearance of the area by assessing the built form and landscape value. It also provides guidance on the implementation of certain saved policies in the Bolsover District Local Plan and formulates management proposals for the preservation and enhancement of the Belph Conservation Area.

The implementation of the management of the conservation area is set out in our Historic Environment Scheme.

Belph Conservation Area Article 4 Direction
An Article 4 Direction for the Belph Conservation Area was confirmed by the Planning Committee on 13th October 2010 and came into force on 22nd October 2010. The Direction affects those properties identified as unlisted buildings of merit in the Belph Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan.

We have produced the Article 4 Direction guidance leaflet (68kb) to explain what this means for residents. For full details please see the Official Direction (811kb) and affected properties plans.

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