Roman-era Leeds village set to be conservation area

A Yorkshire village with a history dating back to Roman times will finally be made a conservation area if plans by council chiefs get the go-ahead.

Bramhope, on the outskirts of Leeds, is also mentioned in the famous Domesday Book of 1086. But people living in the area are now being asked for their views on proposals to protect its heritage.

The plans aim to protect the village's unique architecture from "inappropriate" development.

Bramhope's conservation quarter will take in large areas of the village, including the medieval core around The Cross. Historic farm complexes like Staircase House and the Town Well and the Grade-I listed Puritan Chapel will also be protected.

Long before the Normans wrote the Domesday Book, Romans built a road near Bramhope, which was also the site of an Anglo-Saxon manor house.

Coun Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council's executive board member for city development, said: "Bramhope has maintained its unique character as the social mix has changed and new residents have moved in. Creating a conservation area will help safeguard the special architecture of the village and protect important buildings from demolition."

The draft proposals for Bramhope's conservation area are available online throughout the consultation, at www.leeds.gov.uk/conservation.

Copies will also be available at The Robert Craven Memorial Hall for public viewing. The public consultation will run until Friday, February 25.

A public meeting and drop-in session will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, February 1, at The Robert Cravan Memorial Hall on Old Lane, Bramhope.

By Richard Ponter

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