South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

New evidence demonstrates enthusiasm for conservation areas amongst residents, heritage professionals and the wider public

Research from Heritage Counts 2017 has strongly demonstrated the enthusiasm for conservation areas amongst residents, heritage professionals and the wider public. The research shows that these groups are clear that the designation has helped protect the character and appearance of these areas.
It provides evidence that residents of conservation areas see their property as integral to the character of the local area as a whole.

John Sell CBE, Chairman, Historic Environment Forum, said: "We now have a better understanding of property prices in England’s conservation areas. Prices were higher than in comparable non-conservation areas but this is due to the inherent character of the buildings rather than the designation by itself. This year’s Heritage Counts clearly demonstrates that conservation areas are not barriers to growth. Socio-economic conditions in conservation areas are improving and a large number of conservation areas are outperforming matched non-conservation areas across social and economic growth indicators."


The Heritage Counts 2017 research documents can be accessed by clicking here.