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Views sought on Church Gate conservation area

Published on Monday, January 30, 2017

PEOPLE can give their views on council plans for an important city centre conservation area.

A six-week public consultation has launched today (Monday, 30 January), to give people a chance to comment on the draft management plan and revised character appraisal for the Church Gate conservation area.

Conservation areas are parts of the city that have special historic interest or architectural qualities that deserve to be preserved and enhanced. There are currently 24 designated conservation areas in Leicester.

Church Gate was originally designated as a conservation area in 2006, and its character appraisal is now being reviewed to take account of recent changes in the area. A new management plan is also being produced to help provide more guidance for new development in the area.

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor and city council heritage champion, said: “Church Gate tells a fascinating chapter in the story of Leicester, and many of its streets are medieval in origin. Over three centuries of development have helped create a distinctive townscape with many fine buildings and visual features.

“By reviewing the conservation area we can help ensure that this important part of the city continues to develop as a busy commercial area, while ensuring that its unique character is protected for future generations.”

People can comment on the proposals for the Church Gate conservation area by visiting www.leicester.gov.uk/haveyoursay

Copies of the draft character statement and management plan for the area will available to view.

There will also be an opportunity to discuss the plans in person at a drop-in event to be held at St Margaret’s Bus Station, Gravel Street, on Wednesday, 22 February. The event will run from 10am until 6pm.