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Old Town conservation area Management Plan

The council has produced a Management Plan for the Old Town conservation area, which is available now to view here [PDF 8.7MB]. It was approved at the Tourism, Culture and Development Committee on  22 November 2018. 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.

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