Village is awarded conservation area status

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A WELL-preserved working agricultural village has become the latest designated conservation area in South Yorkshire.

Ulley, which lies in rolling farmland between Sheffield and Rotherham, has had its special village characteristics recognised, as well as its historic, archaeological and architectural features.

The conservation area status means there will be tighter planning controls on any development in the village, in an effort to retain its character.

Rotherham councillor Gerald Smith said the designation, supported by Ulley Parish Council, means the village’s unique character will be protected in the future.

“Ulley is special,” he said. “It is very much a working village but it is also one of Rotherham’s idyllic settlements, lying in an area of High Landscape Value. By becoming a conservation area the character of Ulley will be retained and protected as any future development will have to enhance and not detract from its current appeal.”

The designation means tighter planning controls on any future development in the village.

Consultation was carried out within the village, and discussions also took place with Ulley Parish council. Chairman Peter Hubbard said: “We have been pushing for this for years and it’s rewarding to see all that effort resulting in a positive outcome.”