Did you know?
❍ Last month, 22 conservation areas were removed from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register, but 47 were added (Town & Country, November 1). Currently, the number of conservation areas ‘at risk’ is 512, nearly 10% of the register
❍ After a high-profile campaign to prevent demolition last year, SAVE Britain’s Heritage has welcomed the recent announcement that Grimsby’s historic fishing docks have been named a conservation area. The Kasbah, as the docks are known, is a network of warehouses, smokehouses and shops on streets that date back to the 1870s, a memory of a time when the Lincolnshire seaport town was ‘the greatest fishing port in the world’
❍ If you live in a conservation area, you do have the opportunity to have a say in how it is managed and some local authorities have advisory committees, made up of residents and business owners. You can search for groups in your area on www.civicvoice.org.uk
❍ Historic England, in partnership with the London School of Economics, has published some interesting research on the effect conservation areas have on house prices. The premium on properties in a conservation area is thought to be 9% above average, growing at a rate that exceeds comparable properties elsewhere by 0.2% a year. Visit www.historicengland.org.uk to read the full report