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The Need for Care


If local residents and tourists are to enjoy walking down the streets and looking at buildings then there is a need to look after and enhance the quality of the existing streetscapes and individual buildings. The qualities which are unique to Llandrindod Wells should be protected and exploited. 

Even in making minor alterations and additions it is important to take care and exercise restraint if the character of the street is not to be spoilt. It is rarely possible to add anything new to Victorian buildings and terraces which will not conflict with the structure's original expression. 

It is ruinous to add to a building or replace elements of that building in a style of an earlier, later or no known period. Wherever possible the original should be retained and repaired, or alternatively, a fair copy of the original should be made. The appearance should never be distorted with shapes or openings unsympathetic to the original fabric. Where the repair of the original or the making of a copy incurs extra expense over and above the cost of cheaper, modern and inappropriate alternatives owners should contact the local planning department for advice about possible grant aid. 

Retaining the rhythm of a terrace and the general character of a Victorian spa town requires each property to be maintained in a broadly similar manner. A degree of consideration for neighbouring properties is required in maintaining materials and features that provide harmony to each street and the central area. Since the outsides of properties within the conservation area are only part of the larger composition of the street, the order that was originally designed by our Victorian forefathers needs to be safeguarded and maintained. 

Conclusion

This study has identified the essence of Llandrindod's ' Edwardian architecture which is worthy of protecting in the future. In summary, the essential character of Llandrindod Wells is created by the design, materials, colour and scale of the buildings, and in the unspoilt juxtaposition of these components. 

Subsequent to this study an enhancement report and design guide will be produced. This will identify those areas where environmental improvements need to be carried out and provide guidance for the refurbishment of existing buildings and design of new buildings within the Conservation Area.

Reproduced from the booklet 'Victorian Architecture of Llandrindod Wells'
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