Residents are being asked to have their say on plans which could alter the town's conservation area.

Vast swathes of the town centre are currently covered by the conservation area, affording historic buildings and areas certain protections and restricting what can be built there.

But as part of its appraisal, Test Valley Borough Council are proposing removing a number of parts of the town centre from the conservation area it says do not have historical significance, or have been altered.

These include four areas: Savoy Close and Barrett House; land between Adelaide Road and Rack Close; Hambleden House, the Waverley Buildings and Waterloo Court; and the southern end of East Street and George Yard Car Park.

The authority also proposes adding the commonwealth war graves and the Salvation Army Chapel/16 Winchester Street to the conservation area.

The war graves "are an important part of the town’s history and a physical memorial to those who gave their lives in the two world wars", according to the borough council.

It comes after TVBC undertook an initial consultation with stakeholders earlier this year, which shaped the 134 page document.

The town's conservation area centres on the High Street and approaches including London Street, Bridge Street and Marlborough Street.

Planning portfolio holder at TVBC, Cllr Nick Adams-King, said: “This is a great opportunity for residents and the wider public to have their say on how we can best preserve the town and its history for future generations.

"This is something that I am incredibly passionate about and it will be particularly important in the context of our ambitious town centre redevelopment plans. I would therefore urge everyone to take a look at the proposals and share their feedback.”

It comes after Andover Town Council decided to pursue its troubled design statement.

The town council's planning committee had produced the statement which would help determine future planning applications in the area and shape its look.

But concerns were raised by TVBC and it received mixed feedback from the public.

ATC had spent more than £10,000 on the document, and an auditor had said in September that regulations and standing orders had “not been correctly applied", although councillors dispute this.

You can see the full document and have your say by going to

It opened on Monday and will close on July 5.