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New Conservation Area Protects Holywood's Heritage

Published on Wed, 12 May 2004
Environment Minister, Angela Smith, MP, this morning announced the designation of a Conservation Area in Holywood, Co Down.
The Minister said: "From today, the area, which includes the well-known Maypole and the neighbourhood known as ‘High Holywood’, will enjoy the protection offered by a Conservation Area. This designation is in recognition of the area’s distinctive character and appearance and its special landscape quality.
"A notable feature of the many fine buildings throughout the area is the survival of original features such as sash windows, ornate detailing and gated archways. These features, together with mature planting, help typify the area’s distinctive qualities and characteristics.
"The Conservation Area has the backing of North Down Borough Council and the Historic Buildings Council and I am particularly pleased that so many local residents took the opportunity to write in support."
Commenting on what the Conservation Area may mean for the future, Angela Smith said that the designation will help protect the area’s unique heritage. It introduces control over the demolition of unlisted buildings and will also help prevent the thoughtless destruction of trees.
The Minister explained: "I consider that the designation can also promote economic vitality and growth through conservation-led regeneration of Holywood’s built heritage. By offering an attractive living and working environment it can help encourage inward investment. In addition, the cultural and environmental value of features of the built heritage within the area can help promote it as a visitor destination, thereby generating economic benefits through tourism and leisure."
Ms Smith continued: "Ultimately, I want to ensure that everyone involved in the development of the area produces a very high standard of design, one which will respect, and hopefully enhance, the distinctive qualities of Holywood for the future."

Notes to Editors

  1. The Conservation Area took effect at 8:45 am on Wednesday 12 May 2004
  2. Public consultation on the Department’s proposal for a Conservation Area in Holywood finished on the 6 May 2004.
  3. The Department produced a short report to accompany this public consultation exercise. This report will be used as an interim measure by Planning Service in discharging its planning functions in the Conservation Area and will supplement the Department’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.
  4. The report and the above Planning Policy Statements can be accessed on this website.
  5. Copies of the report can also be obtained, free of charge, from Downpatrick Divisional Planning Office, Rathkeltair House, Market Street, DOWNPATRICK, BT30 6EA, Tel: (028) 4461 8000
  6. Further information contact Brian Kirk, DOE Press Office Tel: 028 9054 0013, mobile 07767 362605, e-mail
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