Barrow Gurney’s ‘historic core’ set to be preserved through conservation area

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 June 2018

Barrow Gurney as seen from a plane. Picture: Zak Ghent

Barrow Gurney as seen from a plane. Picture: Zak Ghent


The historical fabric of Barrow Gurney is set to be secured after plans to create a conservation area were recommended for approval.

North Somerset Council’s executive committee will vote next week on plans to designate part of the village as a conservation area – which will tighten development regulations in a bid to ‘preserve and enhance the special character’ of Barrow Gurney.

The criteria for receiving planning permission will be bolstered if the committee adopts the conservation area – which has been backed by a lengthy campaign from villagers and the parish council.

The conservation area will cover the centre of the village, including Barns Close, Hobbs Lane and much of Barrow Street – if adopted.

The executive committee will meet at Weston Town Hall on Tuesday to vote on the idea.

A report set to be presented to the executive said: “The designation of Barrow Gurney Conservation Area has primarily been a community-led project between the people living within the historic core of the village and the parish council.

“The core historic village of Barrow Gurney is a well-preserved example of an estate village, illustrating the economic and social relationships that existed to support the great house at Barrow Court.

“The village has a high survival rate of pre-1838 buildings which forms this historic village core – many of the buildings have had 20th century arts and crafts remodelling.

“There remains a very strong relationship with Barrow Gurney and its surrounding landscape.”

If the conservation area is adopted, development will not be prohibited – but applications must conform to more stringent regulations if they are to secure planning permission.

The report added: “The designation of a conservation area is not designed to stop development or change occurring to the area, but to add more control over changes and new development to ensure they will be in keeping with the character of the area and not harm what makes this area special.

“Many new developments can add positive enhancements to a conservation area.”

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