We designated the Hardstoft Conservation Area (106kb) as an area of special architectural and historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to both preserve and enhance, on 14th February 1990. The conservation area was previously named the Hardstoft Green Conservation Area which was designated on 5th July 1978 and included only the properties and land around The Green.

It is considered that this special architectural and historic interest is derived from the hamlet’s historical association with the Hardwick Estate, and the survival of farm buildings and cottages in the local vernacular style of architecture, together with the surrounding agricultural land.

We have prepared a Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (1.21MB) 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 Hardstoft Conservation Area.

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

Hardstoft Conservation Area Article 4 Direction
An Article 4 Direction for the Hardstoft Conservation Area was confirmed by the Planning Committee on 13th October 2010 and came into force on 21st October 2010. The Direction affects those properties identified as unlisted buildings of merit in the Hardstoft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan.

We have produced the Article 4 Direction guidance leaflet (69kb) to explain what this means for residents. For full details please see the Official Direction and affected properties plans (1.66MB).

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