The Desborough Conservation Area was adopted by the then Kettering Borough Council in 2007. It defines the special character of the conservation area as:-
“The area is a discernible industrial suburb, containing a disused boot and shoe factory site and related worker housing, which represents the first planned estate in Desborough, which is the direct result of the boot and shoe industry.
“The boot and shoe industry has had a strong influence in shaping the character of the area and forming a sense of place. The form and layout of the buildings in this area remain intact, providing documentary evidence as to how the industry developed within a relatively short time.“