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Lichfield District Council is proposing to designate a new conservation area in Drayton Bassett, and is now seeking local views.

Drayton Bassett Parish Council and Tamworth & District Civic Society has asked Lichfield District Council to consider designating a conservation area in Drayton Bassett.

A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, and preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of the area is considered in all planning decisions for that designated area.

As the local planning authority, Lichfield District Council evaluates and designates conservation areas across the district.

The council has assessed Drayton Bassett and has concluded that it is both of architectural and historic interest and should be designated as a conservation area.

The proposed conservation area includes the historic properties along Drayton Lane and Salts Lane, many of which have associations with the Peel family, but will exclude the more modern housing.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Environment & Development Services, said:

“This is the chance for Drayton Bassett locals to feed into our consultation on the proposed conservation area.”

A member of the conservation team will be giving a brief talk at the next Drayton Bassett Parish Council meeting about the conservation area proposals, their implications and to answer any questions. The meeting will be held at the Sports Pavilion on Rectory Close in Drayton Bassett on Tuesday 20 March at 7.30pm.

To see the proposals, view the draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan for the proposed Drayton Bassett conservation area, which is available online at and on request at District Council House on Frog Lane in Lichfield.

Comments can be made online, by emailing, or in writing to Conservation and Urban Design Team, Development Services, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6YZ. The deadline to comment is 5pm on Monday 16 April 2018.

History of Drayton Bassett

It is likely that there was a settlement on the site since Angle-Saxon times and the settlement is recorded in the Domesday survey of 1086.

The village developed as an estate village connected with the Drayton Manor Estate.

The churchyard is the final resting place of Sir Robert Peel, second baronet, who was Prime Minister and who founded the Metropolitan Police Form in 1829. The nickname for policemen as ‘Bobbys’ is derived from the nickname for Robert Peel.

Posted on Tuesday 13th March 2018

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