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1.1 The Format of the Lea Bridge Conservation Area Appraisal

This document is an “appraisal” document as defined by English Heritage in their guidance document “Conservation Area Appraisals”.

The purpose of the document is, to quote from the English Heritage document, to ensure that “the special interest justifying designation is clearly defined and analysed in a written appraisal of its character and appearance”. This provides “a sound basis, defensible on appeal, for development plan policies and development control decisions” and also forms the basis for further work on design guidance and enhancement proposals.

This appraisal describes and analyses the particular character of the Lea Bridge Conservation Area. This includes more obvious aspects such as its open spaces, buildings, and architectural details, as well as an attempt to portray the unique qualities which make the area “special”. These include less tangible characteristics such as noise or smell, and local features which are unique to the area.

The document is structured as follows. This introduction is followed by an outline of the legislative and policy context (both national and local), for the Conservation Area. Then there is a description of the historical development of the Conservation Area followed by a description of the Conservation Area and its surroundings. A number of Appendices contain supplementary information including schedules of the streets within the Conservation Area and listed buildings. Appendix C provides a bibliography. A map is included at Appendix D. Appendix E notes sources of further information.

leabridge.org.uk December 2012