Proposed changes to a County Durham town’s conservation area are coming to consultation.
Durham County Council is working towards the second stage of its grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the delivery of a townscape heritage scheme in Seaham, which is set to restore the town centre’s historic character and make it as attractive, vibrant and interesting a place as possible in which live, work and visit.
As part of the development funding phase the council has undertaken a review of the Seaham town centre conservation area appraisal and management plan.
Following a public consultation event held in November 2018 a draft document has been produced which includes proposed changes to the designated Seaham conservation area boundary.
The council are hosting a drop-in session at Seaham Library on Thursday, 14 March from 2.30pm to 6.30pm to answer any specific queries relating to the conservation area or about the project.
Conservation areas are places of special architectural and historic interest, formally designated by local authorities to recognise their interests and provide them with protection.
The information is used to set objectives to manage change, address issues and identify enhancements. The appraisals also form an important part of the planning process, providing applicants with a guide to help ensure proposals developed are appropriate for the area.
Cllr Carl Marshall, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “Conservation areas are an important tool to help the council maintain and enhance a high quality environment. It is important we review these areas to ensure they are properly looked after, and that significant elements are recognised and preserved correctly.
“Our officers have worked closely with the community to make sure people have had their voices heard, and opinions considered”.
After 14 March the draft document explaining these changes further will be available online at www.durham.gov.uk/seahamtownscapeheritage and a hard copy of the document will also be available for viewing at Seaham Library.
Any comments on the appraisal should be made by Thursday, 28 March to Seaham Townscape Heritage Project, Regeneration & Local Services, Durham County Council, Green Lane, Spennymoor, DL16 6JQ or by email to SeahamTownscapeHeritage@durham.gov.uk