50 Years of Conservation Areas
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Civic Amenities Act which introduced conservation areas. It's this milestone that provides the focus of Heritage Counts 2017.
New evidence gathered for Heritage Counts 2017 shows that conservation area designation isn't about preventing change. Neither is it about increasing property values. It's about preserving and enhancing the distinctive character of a local area. This is what makes conservation areas so popular amongst members of the public and residents. They're places people want to live in because conservation area designation ensures careful consideration is given to the design of any new build scheme and how it harmonises with its surroundings. In this sense they are good examples of good place making.
There are also a number of case studies which provide examples of various conservation areas throughout the country.