Give this law a 50thbirthday makeover
FOR those of us that care about the appearance of old towns and villages, this year marks the 50th birthday of one of our most valuable urban tools: the Conservation Area. The Civic Amenities Bill of 1967 was, in many ways, the inevitable consequence of the rampaging, destructive years of the 1960s, which saw large areas of well-loved historic towns and cities destroyed for the sake of ‘progress’.
Despite this, the Act that first created Conservation Areas was itself something of a fluke, as its sponsor, Duncan Sandys, a former government minister and founder of the Civic Trust, just happened to win first place in the list for Private Members’ Bills in 1966. With the timely support of the then old-building-sensitive Minister of Housing