PROPERTIES within the Hedon Conservation Area will soon receive a letter from Hedon Town Council appealing for support from residents and business owners to help preserve the town’s unique character and appearance.
The Council says that it is “extremely proud and protective of its fine streets, and beautiful buildings, many of which are of such distinction that the whole of the town centre is formally designated a Conservation Area.”
Most of the buildings within the Conservation Area are ‘listed’. English Heritage describe ‘listing’ as “something that helps us acknowledge and understand our shared history. It marks and celebrates a building’s special architectural and historic interest, and also brings it under the consideration of the planning system so that some thought will be taken about its future.”
The Council is appealing especially to the property owners of unlisted building within the Conservation Area; it hopes that they too regard themselves as though they are listed.
Hedon was designated a Conservation Area in 1969, but an appraisal conducted in 2006 (PDF file) indicated that “householder improvements” in some buildings had led to a loss of unity of design and charm. This is a trend that has continued and in its letter the Council points out that in the “past few years a number of unlisted buildings have been altered somewhat unsympathetically to the style and character of neighbouring properties.”
The Council believes that protecting and enhancing the heritage of old Hedon will also contribute to the future viability of the town’s retail centre, encouraging more visitors to shop here too.
The Council is available to advise property owners on using traditional materials when considering alterations: “We would urge you to contact us and arrange to have a discussion before appointing contractors. Of course we are aware that there may be cost implications arising from the use of traditional materials, but the benefits to the area as a whole will be priceless.”
The letter is expected to be circulated widely soon. It is hoped it will draw attention to the Conservation Area and its aims, and help generate greater civic pride in the town’s heritage.
Those wanting to discuss these issues in more detail with Hedon Town Council can contact the Town Hall between 9:00am and 3:00pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Telephone: 01482 898428.