A HISTORIC Monmouthshire village’s character will be preserved for future generations, after being designated a conservation area.

The decision by Monmouthshire council means any plans submitted to the local authority regarding Trellech, near Monmouth, must preserve or enhance the character of the village.

Trellech is of archaeological and historical importance as a medieval town, which was confirmed in 2004.

The main archaeological sites include Trellech Churchyard Cross and base, The Virtuous Well, St Nicholas’ Church and Trellech Sunken Medieval Village.

Many of its buildings are listed, but a number of the non-listed buildings make a major contribution to the character of Trellech.

The status is recognised by the council and means the area will have special protection to this character, giving the council extra controls over demolition, minor developments and the protection of trees.

The decision to designate a Conservation Area is made following an assessment of the character of the area.

The assessment, produced by the council’s conservation manager Simon Robertshaw, includes a recommendation to extend the conservation area boundary to the south of the village.

He said: “The Trellech Conservation Area appraisal is the first to be completed within the county.”