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We designated the Creswell Conservation Area (717kb) as an area of special architectural and historic interest that the character and appearance of which it is desirable to both preserve and enhance on the 12th December 2007 following a review of the previous designations.

It is considered that this special architectural and historic interest is due to the presence of the internationally important archaeology of Creswell Crags and the surrounding open countryside, the small medieval hamlet that developed around the River Wollen and the later phases of development and prestige associated with the patronage of the Duke of Portland and his colliery company, the Bolsover Colliery Company.

Alongside the review of the previous designations, we have prepared a Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (3.84MB) for the area.

The document defines the special character and appearance of the area by assessing the built form, landscape and townscape value and 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 Creswell Conservation Area.

The implementation of the management of the conservation area is principally being delivered through the Creswell Townscape Heritage Initiative and a number of projects have been completed and are currently underway.

Creswell Conservation Area (Crags, Old Village and Village Centre parts) Article 4 Direction
An Article 4 Direction for the Creswell Conservation Area covering selected properties in the Crags, old village and village centre parts of Creswell was confirmed by the Planning Committee on 13th October 2010 and came into force on 22nd October 2010.

We have produced the Article 4 Direction guidance leaflet (66kb) to explain what this means for residents. For full details please see the Official Direction (730kb) and affected properties plans.

Creswell Model Village Article 4 Direction
An Article 4 Direction for the Creswell Model Village part of the Creswell Conservation Area has been in place since April 2002. Following revisions to the national planning regulations, we made a new Article 4 Direction on the 19th August 2009 to continue and extend the controls over development in this part of the conservation area.

The new Direction was approved by the Secretary of State on 11th February 2010 and came into force on the 2nd April 2010.

We have produced the Article 4 Direction (97kb) leaflet and the Official Article 4 Direction and Plan of affected properties to help residents of the Model Village understand what this means.

We have also produced guidance notes (598kb) for residents of Creswell Model Village to help explain how we will consider applications for planning permission for the works brought under control by the Article 4 Direction.

However, these relate to the 2002 Direction and we are currently updating the Guidance Notes to reflect the new Article 4 Direction.

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