What is an outstanding conservation area? Is Stamford the best conservation area?

Last week we asked regular readers of civic update if they had been
aware of any outstanding conservation areas.

It turns out the Outstanding Conservation Area term was introduced as a tool to encourage local authorities to nominate more conservation areas in the1970s.

We have been approached by contacts in Castlefield (Manchester)and Wooton Under Edge (Somerset) who confirm with us that they had both been designated “outstanding conservation areas”.

But as Harrogate Civic Society say, how do we assess the best?

Maybe we can't, but we can learn from Hackney Council who have
developed a methodology to appraise and understand the significance of
their conservation areas. Together with Butler Hegarty Architects, a
consultant used by Hackney Council, they have used a methodology
recently to review Hackney’s existing and potential Conservation
Areas. The aims of the Hackney Conservation Area Review was to
identify those areas of the Borough which should still be Conservation
Areas and to guide the future management of Conservation Areas in a
way which preserves and enhances their significance. In order to
guide the direction of the Study, engagement took place with local
community groups. Meetings were held with representatives from the
Heritage Champion, the Conservation Areas Advisory Committees, the
Hackney Society, the Hackney Historic Buildings Trust, and other
amenity groups.

You can learn more about what Hackney are doing here.

How can we raise the standard of conservation areas? Can we ever find
the "best conservation area".

We would love to hear your thoughts.

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