The Loughton Conservation Area was established in 1978 with the following short statement:-
“Loughton is a village of assumed Anglo Saxon origin, located in a slight valley draining gently northwards to the Great Ouse. Originally two villages, Great and Little Loughton, depopulation and subsequent development over a period of time has created one village with two loosely connected centres.
The main part of the village, near the church, overlooks a large Green, sloping away to the south west. The cottages and farm buildings around the church are closely grouped and inward looking, with the larger houses facing down over the Green towards the hidden former hamlet of Little Loughton.
What remains of the medieval village of Little Loughton lies on lower land on the other side of the Bradwell Road, and because of this it has kept a slight physical independence. Here, substantial farmhouses with thatched and tiled roofs line a smaller willow-lined green.
The area of Loughton proposed for conservation includes the nucleus of Loughton village around the church, Manor Farm and Green, and the roads linking the two areas. The character of Loughton is that of a traditional North Buckinghamshire village, being constructed largely of local limestone with thatch or tiles. The village lanes are of a very rural scale and style being narrow and banked and crowded by either the cottages, stone walls or hedges.
Destined to be immediately to the east of the new city centre, the presence of local materials, stone, tile and thatch, and the willow-lined brooks and banked lanes, form the essence of the character of this village”
Government guidelines suggest these statements should be reviewed regularly. However, it has never been reviewed despite much change. For example – the large green referred to in the second paragraph no longer exists.
The location close to the central railway station of Milton Keynes now brings tremendous pressure for development and increased density of development. At the same time the government has relaxed the rules on permitted development as from 30th May 2013 allowing (inter alia) for large (8 metre wide 4 metre height) house extensions without requiring planning permission.
Loughton Parish Council has therefore decided the time has come for the Conservation Area statement to be reviewed and updated.
Loughton Parish Council has commissioned a new draft Conservation Area statement on which it is intended to consult with all local owners, residents and stakeholders. You can access this via the link below
All residents of the Conservation Area will be receiving a hard copy of this delivered to their home by hand with a questionnaire for you to complete and return so that you can express your views on this matter.
However everyone is welcome to give feedback on this and an online survey has been created for this purpose. Please read and consider the Consultation Document first and then take the survey via this link
You are welcome to attend the meeting of Loughton Parish Council on Monday 17th June 2013 which will be held at 7.30pm at Loughton Memorial Hall. The subject of the Conservation Area Review will be on the agenda and we have invited Peter Howard (the local architect who compiled the document) to attend.
We look forward to hearing your views!