Seven things you may not know about Conservation Areas

Seven things you may not know about Conservation Areas


Posted 2nd Oct 2017 by Peter Byrne


Following the news that there is still strong support for Conservation Areas, 50 years after they were introduced, Historic England shares a few facts about them...

1 2.2 per cent of England is a Conservation Area - this is roughly the same size as Luxembourg.

2 59 per cent of Conservation Areas are in rural parts, while 41 per cent are in urban areas.

3 The first Conservation Area was established in Stamford in Lincolnshire in 1967.

4 Every one of England's local authorities has at least one Conservation Area.

5 The most Conservation Areas can be found in Wiltshire, with 246 across the county. This is followed by Cornwall, where there are 146, and the Cotswold district, which has 145.

6 The largest Conservation Area is Swaledale and Arkengarthdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Covering 71 square kilometres, the Conservation Area protects around 1,000 traditional farm buildings and dry-stone walls. Slightly smaller than Guernsey, there are actually 30 countries which are smaller than this Conservation Area.

7 The smallest Conservation Area is Heath Passage, in Barnet. Just over 1000sqm, it includes just two buildings.

Information courtesy of Historic England





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