1. WHAT’s BEEN HAPPENING?
It’s quite some time since we launched the Heritage Conservation Assessment project and it’s importance has been confirmed at successive AGMs since 2018. In essence the project team has been gathering a catalogue of key information sources and supporting the work of consultants to assess the current character of our Pyrford townscape, landscape and built heritage. All this is key background work to making recommendations for the future that will strengthen the planning process by making clearer the importance of local heritage when developers seek Green Belt land for development.
As this work proceeded, we recognised, more and more, that the landscape, it’s nature, flora and fauna are just as important as the built heritage and were the initial drivers for it in the earliest of times. Hence you might have noted the work being done at The Old House, Wheeler’s Farm and by Mike Tibbotts with his nature survey work. As a result, the project team are now taking a more holistic view of heritage with a view to incorporating many of the conclusions in the next updated Pyrford Neighbourhood Plan