2017 - 50 Years of Conservation Areas

Heritage Counts 2017 focuses on 50 years of conservation areas. Conservation areas exist to preserve the special architectural and historic interest of a place - in other words, the features that make it unique. Every local authority in England has at least one conservation area and there are now over 10,000 in England.

To mark their 50th anniversary, we've commissioned research to understand the extent to which conservation areas have changed over time by collating and analysing socio-economic trend data in conservation areas.

  • Looking down a street bordered by stone buildings with a church tower in the distance

    50 Years of Conservation Areas

    2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Civic Amenities Act which introduced conservation areas.

  • Boroughgate, Appleby, Westmoreland, Cumbria

    Case Studies

    These case studies and profiles relate to the 2017 Heritage Counts research on conservation areas.