Happy 50th Birthday to the Barbican Conservation Area, Plymouth

The Barbican Conservation Area was first designated on 21 November 1967. It was the second conservation area in England to be designated.

The original Barbican Conservation Area was designated in 1967, and extended in 1977. It includes the greater part of the historic core of Plymouth that survived wartime destruction and post-war redevelopment, and defines much of the historic town as it developed from the late 13th to the 18th century. The Council’s approach for The Barbican, consistent with its Core Strategy, is to see it conserved and enhanced as a predominantly residential area, while safeguarding and improving its role as a hub for cultural, leisure and tourism related uses and protecting and strengthening its local centres.

The Barbican Conservation Area appraisal and management plan

Looking to the future, The Barbican is part of a Heritage Action Zone bid into Historic England. Read more here.

You can see a list of the first 400 conservation areas to be designated here.