Con­served for the fu­ture

Landscape (UK) - - In The Kitchen -

Dur­ing the 1960s, a time of rapid tech­no­log­i­cal change when many old build­ings were be­ing re­placed, mo­tions were also made in Par­lia­ment to­wards pre­serv­ing ar­eas of town and coun­try which had spe­cial his­toric or ar­chi­tec­tural qual­ity. Dr Ken­neth Roy Fen­nell, who worked in the lo­cal plan­ning de­part­ment from 1950 un­til 1982, put Stam­ford for­ward for a pi­lot study un­der the emerg­ing Civic Ameni­ties Act which pro­tects whole ar­eas, not just build­ings. Five key ar­eas were iden­ti­fied as Stam­ford’s his­toric core. These in­cluded St Pe­ter’s Street, Barn Hill, High Street and Broad Street, St Mary’s Street and High Street St Martin’s. On 28 Septem­ber 1967, Stam­ford be­came Bri­tain’s first Con­ser­va­tion Area, help­ing to pre­serve its unique charm.

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