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.

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    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.

  • 78 Allison Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, West Midlands. General view of Allison Street and Well Lane, view from south.

    Heritage and the Economy

    Findings from our studies of heritage and economic activity and new research: the Heritage Economic Impact Indicator Workbook 2017.

  • A woman and 2 kids on a Victorian carousel.

    Heritage and Society

    Enhancing our wellbeing and quality of life, improving the way places are perceived, and engaging the general public.

  • High Street West, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. South east corner of High Street West including 145, view from north.

    Heritage Indicators

    Each year, Heritage Counts collates a large dataset of indicators which give insights into the state of the historic environment.

  • Walmer Castle, Walmer, Deal, Kent.
The Queen Mother's Garden, view from the south.

    Regional Reports

    Regional Heritage Counts reports are prepared by Historic England on behalf of the Regional Historic Environment Forums.

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    Your Views and Questions

    How to share your views and some frequently asked questions about Heritage Counts.