Carsington and Hopton Conservation Area is predominantly a rural area.
The main axis of the Conservation Area is an east/west alignment, with land and buildings being included to both the north and south of Main Street. Furthest west is Park View and The Town House, while to the north Carsington and Doglow Woods are included. To the far east of the Conservation Area is Woodbank House
The original designation of Carsington and Hopton Conservation Area was in August 1971. It currently comprises 50.67 hectares.
Within Carsington and Hopton Conservation Area there are 112 buildings, of which 31 are listed entries. Of these the Church of St. Margaret on Main Street is listed Grade II*. The remainder are listed Grade II. The listed buildings in Carsington and Hopton range from the Hall to almshouses; from vernacular cottages to arcaded barns and from the village cross to walls and gate piers. All are recognised for the contribution they make both individually and visually within the street-scene.
Carsington and Hopton Conservation Area contains no Scheduled Monuments.
Carsington & Hopton Conservation Area Character Appraisal
Carsington and Hopton Conservation Area was designated in 1971 and the boundary extended again in 1994. In 2008/9 a comprehensive Character Appraisal was undertaken and a Draft Appraisal was produced in May 2009. A six week public consultation exercise then followed. The Appraisal considered the special qualities and interests of the Conservation Area such as its archaeological significance, the architectural and historic quality of the buildings, the relationship of the buildings and spaces, the landscape and the setting of the conservation area and the negative and neutral factors affecting the area.
The document also included recommendations for amending the boundary of the Conservation Area by proposing two specific areas of land for inclusion.
- The trees and wooded side of the Via Gellia, running up Stone Dene, to the north of Hopton Hall. This is a continuation of the wooded landscape currently included within the conservation area and the conservation area was proposed to be extended to include the whole of the woodland at Dean Plantation, tracking both sides of Ryder Point Road.
- The Parkland to the south of Hopton Hall. The conservation area boundary was proposed to be extended to include the field to the south of Hopton Hall, which forms the main surviving part of the historic landscaped parkland.
In September 2009 Derbyshire Dales District Council approved the Carsington and Hopton Conservation Area Character Appraisal, including the proposed alterations to the boundary.
Buildings at Risk
Two of the listed entries within the Carsington and Hopton Conservation Area are recognised by the District Council as being 'at risk' – The Well adjoining the forge, on Main Street and the Ice-house on the corner of Hopton Hall and Dean Cottage on Main Street.
Article 4 Directions
There are no additional planning controls, such as an Article 4 Direction, on properties in Carsington and Hopton Conservation Area.