The prime purpose of Conservation Area status is to preserve and/or enhance the special character of an area. The Borough Council has the principal responsibility to ensure that this policy is implemented, but local residents also have an important role to play. The Borough Council is obliged under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Area) Act 1990 to prepare enhancement schemes for the whole of each Conservation Area and present them to a public meeting.
The public have the opportunity to comment on the proposals and the Borough Council must have regard to these comments before adopting schemes. The Borough Council has a duty to initiate action within the Conservation Areas. However, it is the interest, participation and involvement of the local residents that will determine the success of any Conservation Area.
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