Shirley Conservation Area is predominantly a rural area, the northern part of the village forming the Conservation Area.
To the north the Conservation Area includes land and buildings along Church Lane as far as 'Swallows Nest'. To the east it includes buildings such as The Old School, St. Michaels Church, The Old Rectory and The Row and to the southern boundary, land and buildings directly south of Derby Lane. To the west it includes large areas of land along with The Saracens Head PH, The Thatched Cottage and Rushmore House.
The original designation of Shirley Conservation Area was in October 1981. The Conservation Area was reviewed and the boundary amended in November 2012. It currently comprises 2.6 hectares.
Within Shirley Conservation Area there are 28 buildings, of which 7 are listed entries. The Church Of St. Michael's on Church Lane, is listed Grade II*. The remainder are listed Grade II. The listed buildings in Shirley range from the churchyard cross to a public house to vernacular cottages. All are recognised for the contribution they make both individually and to the street-scene.
Shirley Conservation Area contains no Scheduled Monuments.
Buildings at Risk
None of the listed buildings within the Shirley Conservation Area are recognised by the District Council as being 'at risk'.
Article 4 Directions
There are no additional planning controls, such as an Article 4 Direction, on properties in Shirley Conservation Area.
Shirley Conservation Area Appraisal
In 2012 a comprehensive Conservation Area Character Appraisal was undertaken and a Draft Appraisal was produced in August 2012. A six-week public consultation exercise then followed in September / October 2012 which included a public advisory meeting. 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 buildings and spaces, the landscape and setting of the Conservation Area. It also considered the overall condition of buildings and spaces and any negative factors affecting the area. The document included a review of the Conservation Area boundary which recommended an amendment, notably to include the extension of the burial ground at the Church of St. Michael.
In November 2012, Derbyshire Dales District Council approved the Shirley Conservation Area Character Appraisal, including the proposed modification of the boundary. The Conservation Area Appraisal and other relevant documents can be viewed in the section below.