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Queen's Park conservation area Chracter Statement 

The council adopted the Queen's Park conservation area Character Statement and a revision of the Queen's Park conservation area boundary on the 27th September 2018. The revised boundary includes all residential properties on the north side of Freshfield Place (nos. 2-27 consecutive) together with Queen's Park Primary School and School House. The Queen's Park conservation area Character Statement and a map of the new Queen's Park conservation area boundary are now available to view. 

Old Town conservation area Management Plan

The council has produced a draft Management Plan for the Old Town conservation area (following on from the recently adopted Character Statement). The draft Management Plan is available now to view (PDF 5.6MB)

The Old Town conservation area is currently included on the Historic England 'at risk' register due to cumulative issues that are harming the area's special character and appearance. The Plan will be an important step towards addressing the current threats to the area. Public consultation for the draft occured throughout August 2018 and no further comments are able to be accepted. 

It is intended to adopt the final document in November 2018. 


Frequently asked questions

  1. Is my property listed?
  2. Do I need listed building consent?
  3. How do I get a building listed/de-listed?
  4. Where can I find information on the history of my property or area?
  5. Is my property in a conservation area?
  6. How does living in a conservation area affect me?
  7. What is a locally listed heritage asset?
  8. What is an Article 4 Direction?
  9. I want to prune/fell a tree.  Do I need consent?
  10. How do I report possible unauthorised works to an historic building?
  11. How do I report a building in disrepair?
  12. How do I report the removal of an historic street light or paving?
  13. Does the council provide grants for historic buildings?

Common types of work

  1. Maintenance of historic buildings
  2. Windows (including replacing windows with double glazing), doors, roof coverings, chimneys, porches, render, mouldings, flint, balconies and boundary treatments: guidance and policy is available in the Supplementary Planning Document on Architectural Features.
  3. Roof Alterations and Extensions
  4. Damp Treatment
  5. External Painting
  6. Repointing Walls