Waverley Borough Council has designated the Shepherd and Flock roundabout as a conservation area. Sites of special architectural or historic interest can be designated as conservation areas in order to preserve and enhance them for the future. This means that planning decisions on any land within the boundary of the Shepherd and Flock Conservation Area will be directed by a requirement to maintain the special character of the entire area.
The decision was made on 22 January, following a detailed appraisal of the site and public consultation process open to residents and stakeholders. The consultation statement and a map of the conservation area, together with the associated conservation area appraisal can be viewed at: www.waverley.gov.uk/shepherdandflockcaa.
Councillor Andy MacLeod, Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Planning Policy and Services, said:
“The Shepherd and Flock Roundabout is a well-loved, unique and historically significant site, so I’m thrilled that it has been designated as a conservation area.
“Possibly the largest inhabited roundabout in the UK, it is also packed with local history, being the site of the almost entirely peaceful "Battle of Moor Park" in 1897, when around 500 angry townsfolk assembled to demand their legal right of way to pass over the various footpaths leading through the estate of Sir William Rose.
“The designation of Shepherd and Flock as a conservation area will ensure that the roundabout is properly maintained and will be enhanced and protected long into the future.”