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Conservation Area Appraisals

Conservation Appraisal Assessments

Traditionally constructed building in Melling

Traditionally constructed building in Melling

Lancaster City Council is in the process of assessing its 38 conservation areas. Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 imposes a duty on local planning authorities to designate any 'areas of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance' as conservation areas.

Conservation area appraisals are a commonly used technique to identify and assess 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.

Traditionally constructed building in Melling

Traditionally constructed building in Melling

Many of the district's conservation areas had no conservation area appraisal or one which was out-of-date. In 2009, the council worked in partnership with The Conservation Studio to produce conservation area appraisals for the following conservation areas:

• Bolton-le-Sands
• Brookhouse
• Halton
• Hornby
• Slyne
• Warton
• Wray

These seven 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.

In 2013 and 2014, the council worked in partnership with the Architectural History Practice and IBI Taylor Young to produce a new boundary and conservation area appraisal for Lancaster and designate two new conservation areas in Carnforth and Cannon Hill. The details of these areas and their documents can be found on the left-hand side of this page.



As of 2015, the council’s conservation team began preparing conservation area appraisals on its own behalf for the remaining conservation areas. Arkholme and Melling have both had a draft conservation area appraisal taken out to public consultation in November and December 2015 and it is the aim that these will be adopted, with any necessary amendments, in early 2016.

The following conservation areas currently have no adopted conservation area appraisal and will have one prepared by the council’s conservation team in the near future:

• Arkholme
• Melling
• Dolphinholme
• Glasson Dock
• Wennington
• Yealand Conyers and Redmayne
• Aldcliffe Road, Lancaster
• Greaves Road, Lancaster
• Over Kellet
• Nether Kellet
• Sunderland Point
• Westfield Memorial Village
• Overton
• Heysham
• Morecambe West End
• Cantsfield
• Gressingham
• Tunstall
• Ireby
• Nether Burrow
• Wrayton
• Priest Hutton
• Moor Lane Mills, Lancaster
• Bath Mill, Lancaster
• Borwick
• Whittington
• Williamson Park, Lancaster



Update on new conservation area appraisals

Arkholme’s conservation area appraisal was adopted on 25th January 2016. The draft document was taken to public consultation October-November 2015 and comments were received from the public about the content and layout of the document. The document was subsequently amended and the final conservation area appraisal is available on the right hand side of this page.

Dolphinholme’s Conservation Area Appraisal
Public Consultation of the Draft Conservation Area Appraisal

Lancaster City Council is carrying out a consultation for its draft Conservation Area Appraisal for Dolphinholme. The special historic interest of Dolphinholme’s conservation area relates to its late-18th century industrial expansion. The boundary of the conservation area is shared between Lancaster City Council and Wyre Borough Council. The appraisal, therefore, discusses the condition and architectural interest within the Lancaster district. Many of the late-18th century and 19th century buildings in the conservation area are influenced by the availability of local materials and relate to the industrialisation of the area.

The draft conservation area appraisal is available online and hard copies will also be available at:
• Lancaster Town Hall
• Morecambe Town Hall
• Lancaster Central Library
• Morecambe Library

The consultation is for members of the public to offer comments on the content of the draft conservation area appraisal. For example, if you wanted to comment on any of following aspects of the appraisal:
• The historic development of the village
• The architectural quality and condition of the buildings
• The positive unlisted buildings identified within the boundary
• The important views identified within the boundary
• The layout and design of the draft document

Public drop in event:
• Dolphinholme Village Hall Thursday 25th February 4-7pm

Other ways to offer comments:
The public consultation period will last from 8th February to 21st March 2016. Comments can also be made by:
• Emailing the Conservation Team: conservationteam@lancaster.gov.uk
• Writing to: Planning and Regeneration, Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PJ



The Conservation Team




01524 582360

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