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New Conservation Area For Magee

Published on Tue, 6 Jun 2006
Environment Minister David Cairns has announced a new Conservation Area around Magee College Londonderry.
The new designation at Magee came out of the review of the City's Conservation Areas announced in 2004. David Cairns announced that both of the existing heritage areas covering the Historic Walled City and Clarendon Street have been increased in size.
David Cairns said "Conservation Area status recognises the distinctive character and importance of the Magee area and will protect the special quality of its townscape. The new designation together with the enlargement of the existing areas is evidence of the overall priority being afforded by Government to the City's unique heritage.
"I am pleased that these proposals have the backing of Derry City Council and the Historic Buildings Council.
"These moves will assist in promoting economic vitality and growth through conservation-led regeneration. By offering an attractive living and working environment Conservation Areas can help encourage more inward investment. Importantly, in line with the City Council's own vision, protection of the cultural and environmental assets of the built heritage also has a key role to play in promoting the City as a visitor destination, thereby generating economic benefits through tourism and leisure."
Commenting on what the new designations may mean for the future, David Cairns said that these will help protect the City's unique townscapes for future generations. Conservation Area status introduces control over the demolition of unlisted buildings and will also help prevent the thoughtless destruction of trees. It puts an onus on prospective developers to produce a very high standard of design, which respects or enhances the particular qualities of the areas in question.

Notes to Editors

  1. The review of the existing Conservation Areas was announced on 10 June 2004 at the Institute of Historic Building Conservation Annual Conference in Londonderry. It involved a public consultation exercise, which ended on 01 October 2004.
  2. The Historic City Conservation Area was originally designated in February 1977.
  3. The Clarendon Street Conservation Area was originally designated in February 1978.
  4. DOE has produced short reports for the new and varied Conservation Areas. These reports (original Design Guides and Review documents) will be used as an interim measure by Planning Service in discharging its planning functions in the Conservation Area and will supplement the DOE's regional policies for Conservation Areas currently set out in Planning Policy Statement 6: Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage and Planning Policy Statement 7: Quality Residential Environments.
  5. The reports and the above Planning Policy Statements can be viewed on this website.
  6. Copies of the reports can also be obtained, free of charge, from Londonderry Divisional Planning Office, Orchard House, Foyle Street, Londonderry, BT48 1JY.
  7. News Media information contact the DOE Press Office. Tel: 028 9054 0013.
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