Amendments to the Laxton and Ollerton Conservation Areas adopted

Posted on: Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Following public consultation, changes to the Laxton and Ollerton conservation area boundaries and their subsequent Appraisal and Management documents have been adopted by Newark and Sherwood District Council. 

The revision to the boundary of Laxton will allow for the inclusion of the historic field system and the remains of the motte and bailey site, which are felt to be intrinsic to the significance of the conservation area. Whilst changes to the Ollerton boundary will remove areas that do not contribute to the area's unique architectural and historical interest. 

The public were invited to give their opinions on the proposed amendments to both conservation area boundaries and their draft Appraisal documents in early-2022 through a series of public meetings and the completion of an online survey. Parish and Town Councils and local key stakeholders were also consulted as part of the public consultation. Comments from the public and local stakeholders were taken on board and the Appraisal documents were, subsequently, amended and finalised.

Councillor Keith Girling, Deputy Leader and Chairman of the Economic Development Committee at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: "It is excellent that following a thorough and well engaged public consultation, the amendments to both Laxton and Ollerton conservation area boundaries have been approved. 

"Both these locations boast vibrant historical significance. These changes will ensure that they remain meaningful to the people who live and work in Laxton and Ollerton and enable us to conserve them appropriately for the future."

Local authorities can designate conservation areas under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 when they identify an area of special architectural or historic interest, and it is deemed deserving of careful management that is required to protect and enhance its character and appearance. 

These designations offer a positive way to manage change and development whilst still ensuring the conservation and enhancement of historic areas in the local community. Newark and Sherwood District Council has designated 47 conservation areas.

The public consultation on the conservation area boundaries of Newark and Southwell are open until 25 March. To find out more about the conservation areas, visit Newark and Sherwood District Council's website: