If Alton’s Character Is Special To You, Now Is Your Chance To Get Involved!

A public consultation run by East Hampshire District Council will give you the chance to show how important Alton’s character and unique quality is to you.

EHDC is renewing its Character and Appraisal Management Plan, a document that describes the importance of Alton and offers guidance on how to protect and enhance it.

The consultation draft of this document will be available for public review from Tuesday 8 August online at www.easthants.gov.uk/conservation-areas and in hard copy at the Town Hall offices of Alton Town Council. The consultation will run for six weeks.

The council is inviting all residents who have an interest in the historical background, buildings, distinct features and landscape of the town to read through the document and suggest any changes or additions.

Alton is a conservation area which is an area of special historical or architectural character worthy of protection. The town was initially designated as a conservation area in 1970 and enlarged in 1982.

The boundary of Alton as a conservation area is also being reviewed and revised as part of the updated plan. It has been recognised that boundaries were often previously drawn too tightly or loosely, therefore it is important to amend the boundary so that only buildings that contribute to the character of the conservation area are included.

Cllr Angela Glass, Portfolio Holder for Planning at EHDC, said: “This is a great opportunity for the residents and businesses of Alton to have their say on the future of their town.

“The document is extremely important as it sets out an action plan with guidance and recommendations for the positive management, preservation and enhancement of this beautiful town in the heart of East Hampshire.”