Lumsdale Conservation Area is predominantly a rural area, located just to the east of Old Matlock Conservation Area.
The area is bounded by the A615 Alfreton Road to the south and almost reaches the A632 Chesterfield Road in the north. To the east the Conservation Area abuts the village of Tansley and to the west, it abuts housing development on the edge of Matlock. The Conservation Area primarily includes the two intersecting valleys of two tributaries of the River Derwent, the Bentley Brook and the Tansley Brook. The irregular boundaries follow the linear form of the area, following ridges or higher valley slopes. The Conservation Area includes sites linked to industrial activity and industrial archaeology, as mills established themselves along the prevalent water-courses in the valleys. Lumsdale Conservation Area also contains an outstanding natural landscape.
The original designation of Lumsdale Conservation Area was in April 1980. The Conservation Area was further amended in November 1995 and again in November 2010. It currently comprises 91.12 hectares.
Within Lumsdale Conservation Area there are 192 buildings, of which 7 are listed entries. Of these, St. Andrews House, Lumsdale Road is listed Grade II*. The remainder of listed entries are Grade II. The listed buildings in Lumsdale range from mills and malt houses to farms. All are recognised for the contribution they make both individually and visually within the street-scene.
Lumsdale Conservation Area contains no Scheduled Monuments.
Lumsdale Conservation Area Character Appraisal
Lumsdale Conservation Area was designated in 1980 and amended in 1995. In 2010 a comprehensive Character Appraisal was undertaken, and a Draft Appraisal produced in September 2010. A six-week public consultation exercise then followed. The Appraisal considered the special qualities and interest of the Conservation Area, such as its archaeological significance, the architectural and historic quality of the buildings, the relationship of buildings and spaces, the landscape and setting of the conservation area and negative and neutral factors affecting the area. The document also included policy and legislative guidance and made recommendations for amending the boundary, with areas recommended for both exclusion and inclusion. Following comments received during the public consultation process, recommendations to amend the text of the document and to modify the boundary were made to the District Council's Partnership and Regeneration Committee.
In November 2010, Derbyshire Dales District Council approved the Lumsdale Conservation Area Character Appraisal, including amendments to the text and modification of the boundary. The approved Conservation Area Appraisal and the relevant report are available for viewing.
Buildings at Risk
One of the listed entries within the Lumsdale Conservation Area is recognised by the District Council as being 'at risk' – the Former Malthouse at Baileys Mill on Nottingham Road.
Article 4 Directions
There are no additional planning controls, such as an Article 4 Direction, on properties in Lumsdale Conservation Area.