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09.07.07
Public consultation launched

A public consultation on the Devoran and Chacewater conservation area appraisals and management plans has been launched.

The aim is to draw up plans to help both villages achieve full economic and environmental potential under their conservation area designations.

Devoran and Chacewater are historically and environmentally significant. There have been conservation areas at Devoran for nearly 30 years and Chacewater for 16. Both villages are also in the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. Objective One has invested in preparing the successful bid for World Heritage Site inscription (£174,888). The management plan will help to take forward World Heritage Site regeneration at a local level.

The launches took place on Saturday (July 7th) at Devoran and Chacewater Village Halls. The exhibitions which have been organised by Carrick District Council and contain management plan proposals will remain at the halls until September 24th.

Independent consultants Conservation Studio were commissioned by Carrick to do this work which placed emphasis on public consultation. The company has already undertaken two workshops in each village which have included walkabouts. The new management plan proposals include identification of assets and issues in each village – for instance landscape setting, buildings at risk, possibilities for improvement and traffic management.

Alyson Cooper of Carrick District Council explained: "While there has been a conservation area at Chacewater for some 16 years its effectiveness depends upon the way in which it is managed. This is not simply a matter of controls being exercised by the District Council. Significant contributions can also be made by local businesses, residents and community groups. The purpose of the plan, therefore, is to show how each can play a part.

"Government policy has made it clear that conservation areas are not necessarily preservation areas. The challenge is to manage change in a manner that does not lose sight of the special historic qualities of a place."

For further information please contact Clare Morgan, Media Relations Manager, Objective One Partnership, on 07973 813647 or email cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Heritage Economic Regeneration Schemes and Townscape Heritage Initiatives through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Editor's notes:

Draft text, maps, info on display boards and feedback sheet are also downloadable from the Carrick website at www.carrick.gov.uk.

There will be an opportunity for feedback until 24 September- feedback sheets are in village halls and downloadable from the Carrick website. The forms are to be returned to info@theconservationstudio.co.uk or by post to The Conservation Studio, I Querns Lane, Cirencester, Gloucs, GL7 1RL.

Updates on plan for Chacewater will be in the free monthly community publication - What's On In Chacewater.

Devoran is in the Mineral Tramways Project area which received £1,614,140 of Objective One investment to improve villages, sites and trails.

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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