Local people are being asked for their views on a scheme to further safeguard and enhance one of the borough's most architecturally rich and historic areas.
The Billericay conservation area and shop front design guide has been developed by Basildon Council and Billericay Town Council. A consultation will open on 2 April 2015 for views and opinions on the document.
A consultation on the guide runs from Thursday until 5pm, April 2, giving interested parties the opportunity to shape the finished document.
Once adopted it will advise residents, property owners, landlords and tenants on shop fronts, advertisements and building alterations.
In addition, it will be used to assist Basildon Council when determining planning applications within the conservation area.
Richard Moore, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and planning, said it was important to get the community’s views before taking the document forward.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Cllr Moore"]The conservation area protects Billericay's historic character and architectural qualities. More than 40 buildings are listed within the conservation area as being of special architectural or historic interest which is why it is important that we get this document right.[/quote]
Reference copies of the draft-design guide are available to view at the Basildon Centre, Billericay Town Council offices and main borough libraries.
To take part visit www.basildon.gov.uk/billericaysdg or contact the Basildon Council's planning policy team on 01268 294868.