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Christchurch Central Conservation Area Appraisal and management plan

This appraisal document aims to ensure that the essential character of Christchurch town centre is suitably protected and that future development is appropriate and sustainable.

The document was formally adopted as supplementary planning guidance by Christchurch council on 27 September 2005 and will be a material consideration when determining planning applications.

Christchurch Central (Town Centre) Conservation Area Appraisal & Management Plan (Adopted Sept 2005) is available for download. To minimise file size, maps are provided separately:

A copy can be viewed at Christchurch Civic Offices on Bridge Street during normal working hours (8.45am-5.15pm Monday-Thursday; 8.45am-4.45pm Friday). It can also be bought for £14 (printed and bound) or £1 (CD) plus postage and packaging by contacting the Planning Policy section using the phone number or email below.


Christchurch Central is one of 12 designated conservation areas in the borough. It was designated in May 1969 and revised in November 1975 to include a small group of allotments to the north west corner, which are now developed.

The status of the conservation area appraisal and management plan is best practice guidance and background evidence to inform the emerging local development framework for the borough of Christchurch.


A full heritage audit is recommended, comprising the photographic recording of all external elevations of all buildings in the conservation area.

The boundary is to remain as designated (as previously extended) without amendment.

Four areas are recommended for Article 4(2) directions to be implemented:

  • Millhams Street
  • Princess Avenue
  • Silver Street
  • Wick Lane

Eight enhancement projects have been identified:

  • Priory defences
  • Castle and Constable's House
  • High Street
  • Church Lane
  • Quay Road
  • Druitt Gardens
  • Priory Car Park
  • Saxon Square

Five development opportunities have been identified:

  • Pit Site Car Park and Magistrates Court site
  • Health Centre, Saxon Square
  • Wick Lane Car Park
  • Kings Arms Car Park
  • Cornfactor site

It is recommended that the emerging parking and access audit should be the vehicle for promoting improvements to the quality of the public realm and amenity of the conservation area in particular the High Street in terms of vehicle flows, materials, signage and parking.

Complementary design guidance should be prepared for outdoor advertisements and shopfront design.

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