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Queen’s Park removed from Historic England’s ‘conservation areas at risk’ list

Graham Robson November 10, 2022

Historic England has removed the Queen’s Park Conservation Area from their ‘at risk’ register for 2022, following the adoption of a Conservation Area Statement by Brighton & Hove City Council in 2018.

The public body publishes its heritage at risk register annually each autumn. Conservation areas are assessed against Historic England’s criteria based upon information supplied by local planning authorities.

Queens Park was designated a conservation area in 1977. In 2020 residents were asked to comment on proposals to introduce stricter planning controls to preserve the unique character of properties in the area.

The proposals were drawn up in response to resident concerns identified in the Queen’s Park Conservation Area Statement. These highlighted how the loss of architectural details on the front of properties was having a detrimental effect on the character and appearance of the area.

Issues included the changing traditional sash windows to uPVC, the installation of modern doors, railings and gates, the loss of front boundary walls and the painting of previously unpainted brick features.

In 2021 an Article 4 Direction was approved for the area, requiring planning permission for works to house frontages and any street-facing side elevation to stem the loss of historic features. This came into force on 4 June 2022.

Clare Rainey, Queen’s Park Ward Councillor, said: “I am delighted that the work done with the local community over a number of years is protecting the heritage of the Queen’s Park area – and that this has now been recognised by Historic England.”

Cllr Martin Osborne, Co-chair of Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture committee, added: “We are lucky to have so much beautiful heritage in the city. But sadly, some of these areas remain at risk. We are committed to reducing the number of conservation areas at risk in Brighton & Hove, but some of these areas have faced complex challenges.

“As well as the successful work in Queen’s Park, there has also been clear progress in the Old Town and Valley Gardens conservation areas. These are also moving towards a point where we could recommend their removal from the ‘at risk’ register in future years.”