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Strathaven conservation and regeneration gets planning boost

Published Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Strathaven Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme logo including outline image of the town's castle

New planning guidelines for Strathaven Conservation Area have been approved.

The Strathaven Conservation Area Appraisal (CAA) and Conservation Area Management Plan (CAMP) provide more detailed guidance and advice on the area’s special characteristics. They also support the council in its statutory duty to protect and enhance the conservation area and will now be considered as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

Both were approved by councillors at this morning’s Planning Committee, following a period of public consultation.

Councillors also heard that the planning changes will support the ongoing work of the council, Historic Environment Scotland and its partners* in delivery of the £1.5million Strathaven Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).

Launched in August last year, CARS is a five-year project, providing financial help for conservation area based regeneration initiatives. As well as funding from the council and HES, additional cash from a range of other sources has also been pulled together for:

  • a repairs programme for priority projects
  • a small grants scheme for homeowners or tenants
  • shopfront improvements works
  • community engagement through training opportunities and education programmes
  • public realm works administration costs, including the appointment of a dedicated project officer

Councillor Hugh Dunsmuir, the chair of the council's Planning Committee, said: “The CARS project will play an important role in protecting and enhancing the character of Strathaven Conservation Area as set out in the CAMP approved today.

“We are working with our partners to enhance and safeguard this conservation area, contribute to the vitality and viability of Strathaven town centre and, by default, the town itself, so I welcome today’s decisions as another key part of that equation.”

For more information please go to our Strathaven conservation area regeneration scheme page.