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Country Life Every Week - - Property Comment -

❍ 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

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