B: Built Heritage

Planning Policy Intentions

Pool-in-Wharfedale has a rich historic built legacy which the community is anxious to preserve. The history of Pool has been well researched by a local historian and published both in books and online. An extensive collection of artefacts has been assembled by the Parish archivist, together with the History of Pool Group, and is now in the care of the Parish Council.

A significant part of the built-up area of Pool, together with surrounding green areas and woodland, already enjoy conservation area status via the designation of the Pool-in- Wharfedale Conservation Area in September 2009.This affords it statutory protection against adverse development. LCC’s non-statutory Conservation Area Assessment and Management Plan (CAAMP) contains a number of detailed guidelines to steer new development within the conservation area. The Neighbourhood Plan will enshrine these in policy in order to strengthen safeguards.

The conservation area designation however currently excludes areas such as the former mills along the Wharfe, which, it is felt by the community, may also be worthy of the same protection. Conservation area extensions to cover these areas will be pursued as appropriate by the Parish Council under the Neighbourhood Plan umbrella, but in the meantime the plan will look to put in place ‘Local Heritage Area’ policies to provide at least interim protection for such areas.

Pool is also rich in terms of its individual heritage buildings and structures, many of which (11 - e.g. Pool Bridge, The Bar House and The Church of St Wilfrid) have been ‘listed’ by Historic England and are as such already protected. Other ‘character’ buildings however, such as Low and High Mills, remain relatively unprotected against unsympathetic development. The Neighbourhood Plan will introduce policy in order to protect what makes them important and to encourage appropriate enhancement.

Policy will set out the distinctive features of the conservation area which development within or adjacent must positively respond to or should retain, respect or enhance, including key views.
Policy will designate and define Local Heritage Areas (number/extent to be agreed), covering areas considered suitable as proposed conservation area extensions, and set out the distinctive features of the areas which development within or adjacent should positively respond to, or retain, respect or enhance, including any key views.
Policy will identify a list (to be agreed) of Potential Non-Statutory Heritage Assets, the plan’s assessments of which will be taken into account when considering development impacts, with a view to avoiding or minimising conflict. Sympathetic enhancement will also be encouraged.

Non-Planning Actions/Projects

The community has also identified the following non-planning action that it wishes to pursue:-

• The designation of further parts of Pool as part of the conservation area or as separate satellite conservation areas, via lobbying of/liaison with LCC.