Blueprint to protect land and buildings

Quaint: the cobbled road known as the Buttress
Quaint: the cobbled road known as the Buttress

EFFORTS to protect Calderdale’s historic buildings and environment have been given a major boost.

Councillors have adopted a conservation strategy and action plan which sets out a framework for preserving and enhancing the appearance of the whole area.

An extension to the Hebden Bridge Conservation Area has also been approved.

It includes the cobbled road known as the Buttress, leading from the Old Bridge to Heptonstall, the streets beside Stubbing Holme Road and the northern end of Keighley Road, including the old Co-op, properties on Lee Mill Road and Nursery Nook.

It has taken nearly a year to prepare the conservation strategy which involved public consultation during the summer and the close involvement of English Heritage.

The document was approved by Calderdale Council Cabinet this week.

According to economy and environment director Ian Gray it has been devised to provide a more efficient way of using limited resources with clear priorities.

The overall aim is to “conserve and enhance the historic environment of Calderdale and the settings of its significant places and buildings.”

The priority is heritage assets which are “at risk.”