What makes Peterborough city centre a ‘Conservation Area’?

Find out at a free lunchtime lecture: Tuesday 25th October, 1-1.45pm, St John the Baptist’s Church, Church Street, Peterborough city centre.

What is a conservation area and what features give Peterborough city centre this protected status when it comes to planning and development? 

This is a question which an expert from a planning consultancy in the county will be answering in conjunction with members of the public at a free event in the city next Tuesday lunchtime (25 October, 1pm-1.45pm).

The lunchtime lecture, given by Joanna Burton, a consultant at Beacon Planning, is just one of an ongoing series of free talks, events and workshops at St John the Baptist’s church in the city centre which are part of the Peterborough Buildings in Need Project.

The project itself – which is supported by Opportunity Peterborough, the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and Peterborough City Council – aims to increase the understanding and appreciation of Peterborough’s built environment through the ages as well as raise awareness of what can be done actively by the community to prevent our heritage assets becoming ‘at risk’.

The whole Peterborough area contains over 1,000 listed buildings and the city has a total of 29 conservation areas. 

At the lunchtime lecture on Tuesday 25th, Joanna will be elaborating on work to appraise the city centre conservation area which she and her colleagues from Beacon Planning began earlier this year to identify the city centre’s unique characteristics and distinctiveness, as well as making recommendations which seek to preserve and enhance its special architectural and historic interest.

Attendance at this lunchtime lecture – as with all other events in the Building in Need Project series – is free.

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