MATHERN CONSERVATION AREA Mathern is an unusually dispersed conservation area which was first designated in 1976. The settlement largely grew up around the Palace first created by the Bishops of Llandaff in 15th century. At the end of 19th century it was acquired by Avray Tipping whose Arts and Crafts inspired work here and elsewhere in Monmouthshire is of particular significance. Adjacent to the Palace is the medieval church and a short distance to the west is Moynes Court built by Bishop Godwin as a further residence. Views from and to these buildings are a key element of the conservation area character and this appraisal has identified three distinct character areas. The boundary of the conservation area includes the neighbouring farms and dwellings and then crosses the motorway to include Newton Green. It also extends north across the open countryside to include Wyelands and St Tewdric and up to the A466 and the perimeter of Chepstow. MATHERN CONSERVATION AREA PROPOSED CHANGES Although the consultants carrying out the appraisal have proposed the removal of the area shaded blue in the map above, the Council is of the view that Mathern Cresent in particular has its own distinct character as a pleasing 20th century development. It is accepted that development on the opposite side of the main road through the village is of lesser quality and could be removed from the conservation area. Birdwood Gardens lies immediately between the rear of Model Cottages, an important group of buildings, and the open area to the north-east towards Wyelands. The Council does not see any merit in removing this road from the conservation area that has protected it since 1976. Accordingly we recommend omitting most of this proposed change. We would welcome your views on the proposals. Comment by 31st October 2015 by email to [email protected] or in writing to the Planning Department, Monmouthshire County Council, County Hall, The Rhadyr, Usk NP15 1GA.