Conservation Area Appraisals
Lancaster City Council has begun assessing its 37 conservation areas. Following the adoption of the Morecambe Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan in September 2008, the second phase involved the assessment of seven more conservation areas. These were adopted in December 2009.
Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 imposes a duty on local planning authorities to designate as conservation areas any 'areas of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance'.
Conservation area appraisals are a commonly used technique for assessing the the character of a conservation area. The more clearly that character or special interest is defined, the easier it is to manage change without damaging that interest.
A clear and comprehensive appraisal of the character of a conservation area provides a sound basis for development control and for developing initiatives to improve the area.
Many of the district's conservation areas had no conservation area appraisal or one which was out-of-date. However, the council worked in partnership with The Conservation Studio to assess the following seven conservation areas:
The council held public consultation events in each of the seven conservation areas during February 2009.
Following the public consultation events, there was a four week consultation period during which it was possible to view and comment upon the first drafts. Hard copies were made available to view at Lancaster and Morecambe town halls.
The council considered the responses received during the consultation period and the final drafts were approved by the relevant Cabinet. The formal adoption took place on on 3 December 2009.
The conservation area appraisals, including the Townscape Appraisal Maps which illustrate any proposed boundary changes, can be downloaded from the column on the right-hand side of this page.