South Molton has a Conservation Area covering 17 hectares, which includes a large number of listed buildings. The town retains a record of its historical development, both in terms of its medieval street layout, its churchyard which can be traced to an entry in the Domesday Book, its wealth of Georgian and Victorian buildings from the town’s heyday as a centre of the wool trade. Interesting local features include slate hanging, decorative barge boards and mosaic tiled shop doorways. The survival of a large number of 19th century shopfronts gives the commercial centre of the town a historic flavour and a character that is regrettably lost in many other historic towns.
A large number of early red brick buildings can be seen within the town especially opposite the post office on Broad Street. These are unusual for North Devon and represent the wealth of local merchants who had profited from the town’s position in the wool trade. South Street also boasts a large number of impressive merchant’s houses, often with decorated doorcases, again a feature few towns of similar size can boast in such abundance.
The Neighbourhood Plan can influence development decisions that impact on historic buildings and their setting, and buildings in conservation areas. The Plan can also provide details of restrictions or enhancements that the proposed development must be compliant to.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN PRINCIPLES
Conserve and enhance the historic assets and their setting.
Reinforce the preservation of historic assets.