New management plan for conservation area

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Measures have been introduced by Angus Council to help safeguard planning and development within Kirriemuir’s conservation area.

At the recent meeting of the authority’s communities committee, councillors approved a draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan for the area.

The plan was put forward after a six-week consultation exercise during the summer, during which only two responses were received. It was also given the green light on the deadline for such a plan stipulated by Historic Scotland, a condition of the heritage body’s grant award to provide funding through the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme.

Vivien Smith, head of planning and place, said: “This will provide stakeholders with information to assist with managing and the development process and will help impart information on the built heritage of Angus to the wider public.

“Following the consultation process two responses were received. Consultation responses were received from Aberdeenshire Archaeological Service and Historic Scotland.”

Amendments put forward by the archaeological service included a suggestion that reference be made to development taking consideration of the requirement for the archaeological recording of historic buildings within the burgh.

Historic Scotland, meanwhile, considered that the appraisal showed a good understanding of the significance and character of Kirriemuir and provides a thorough analysis of the issues and possibilities for enhancement.