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MEASURES TO PROTECT HISTORIC CANAL UNVEILED 3/16/2006

From The Yorkshire Post (online) 15 March 2006

by Lizzie Murphy

MEASURES to protect the historic Leeds and Liverpool canal have been drawn up by Bradford Council.

The revised Conservation Area Assessment has been drawn up following talks with British Waterways, an extensive public consultation process and the agreement of the Keighley, Shipley and Bradford area planning
panels.

The stretch of the canal, from Apperley Bridge in the east to Silsden in the west, is an existing conservation area that passes through a number of towns and villages including Shipley, Saltaire, Bingley and Silsden.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal at SilsdenSome amendments to the existing conservation area being proposed include changes to the boundaries at Silsden, Bingley, Hirst Wood, Shipley and Thackley where land or buildings have been included, which contribute to the historic or architectural interest of the area.

Trees affecting the setting of the conservation area will also be protected under the new assessment with tree preservation orders.

The council's executive members will consider the revised plans for the 12-mile stretch of the waterway at its meeting on March 21.

Coun Anne Hawkesworth, the executive member for the environment, said: "The canal landscape is an ever changing environment with major landmarks, including the Five Rise Locks at Bingley. It is of vital importance to the district in terms of leisure, nature, transport, heritage and education.

"This conservation area assessment means the council can control development around the canal in a way that protects its unique and historic character."

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal conservation area is the last of 59 assessments of existing areas to be carried out by the council.

In February the council's Conservation Area Assessment programme was awarded the Royal Town Planning Award 2005 for the Built Heritage category.

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