Should conservation area be made bigger?

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A plan to preserve Berkhamsted’s history that could see a raft of new restrictions on building work has been put out to public consultation.

If the plan gets the green light, the town’s conservation area would be extended in four places around St John’s Well Lane, Bank Mill Lane, Butts Meadow and Montague Road.

This would make it harder for developers and home-owners in those areas to get permission for building work, as it would have to fit in with the areas’ historic surroundings.

Anne Duvall, 70, of Bank Mill Lane, said: “I think it’s a marvellous idea. I was thrilled to bits when I got the letter about this.

“People like the Bank Mill area, because it’s a nice, little area outside of town for families to go for walks around.

“It’s got interesting buildings and is very attractive to the eye.

“It would be a pity if it were destroyed by developers.”

A public consultation into the plans was launched by Dacorum Borough Council on Monday and runs until Friday, November 9.

Learn more at under planning – Cons and Design/Conservation Areas. The council will have a stall at Berkhamsted market on Saturday, where its officers will answer questions on the plans.

You can see a video about them at or by scanning the QR code below with your smart phone.

> To submit your response to the proposals, email the council’s lead conservation officer James Moir at