Town centre heritage

The boundaries of Old Town, High Street and Town Quay conservation areas (designated in 1974, 1986 and 1981 respectively) were reviewed in 2011. A consultation indicated support for the proposals which recommended consolidating the 3 areas into 1 area and extending the boundary to include the pedestrian railway bridge, the old lifting bridge, Hunger Hill open space as well as fragmented areas of townscape and isolated listed buildings on West Street, West Quay Road and a block east of Lagland Street. A map of the Town Centre Conservation Area is available to download.

Current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats have also been identified as they need addressing to progress plans for the area. Overall there is a stated need to manage development and improvements in a way that capitalises on the unique architectural and historic character to create an attractive area that can meet retail and commercial demands and resident’s aspirations alike for a vital town centre.

Maps, within the reports, illustrate the town centre’s historic development, 8 study areas reviewed and new boundaries. Heritage buildings, landscaping, features of townscape value and intrusive features have been appended to Part 2 to serve as a quick reference tool for identifying noteworthy sites that add positively to the place or detract from it and need improving.

The adopted Part 1 and Part 2 are available below by clicking on the underlined live links:

Page last updated: 20 July 2020
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