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Conservation areas

There are 12 designated conservation areas in Christchurch. Conservation areas are special because the buildings and spaces between them form distinct areas of high quality and interest.

A list of our conservation areas:

Periodic appraisals of Christchurch's 12 conservation areas. The appraisals ensure that the character of the town is protected.

Conservation area appraisals give Christchurch its character, namely:

  • its surviving Saxon street plan with Norman and medieval interventions
  • its strong relationship with the two rivers on which the town sits
  • the high number of listed and locally listed buildings forming important groups of high quality townscape
  • views of the priory throughout the town defining the scale of the priory and the town
  • the consistent and relatively modest scale of the towns historic development
  • the pattern of narrow deep plots with a consistent width derived from the former medieval burgage plots
  • a diverse palette of materials with denoting high status buildings and red brick used on the majority of buildings in the town
  • some important green spaces and mature trees which form a welcome backdrop to historic built form
  • historic boundary walls and natural boundaries such as the rivers and mill stream
  • the wider landscape setting which allows extended views towards the priory and other key landmarks in the town such as Millhams Street church spire

Advisory note no.2 Conservation Areas (2000) published by Christchurch Borough Council provides general advice and a list of conservation areas in the borough and can be obtained from Christchurch Borough Council offices.

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