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Londonderry Historic City Conservation Area

Location: Co. Londonderry
Designation Date: 25 February 1977
Variation: 6 June 2006

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Londonderry Conservation Area Design Guide Front PageThe Conservation Area covers the whole of the Walled City and its immediate environs and therefore encompasses the historic core of the City and the dramatic, intimately interrelated topography and townscape which distinguishes it.
Within the Walled City the original street pattern remains virtually intact, however, the architectural styles, apart from St Columb’s, are predominantly Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian. This theme continues outside the walls.
One of the particular strengths of the extended part of the Conservation Area is the linear street pattern and continuous frontage punctuated at intervals by streets entering the main street. Corner buildings at these junctions have been designed and created in a way, which has a unique and significant impact upon the character and appearance of the area.
The Department of the Environment originally designated the Historic City Conservation Area Review of the city's inner urban area (June 2004), the Department re-designated the Area (with boundary amendments on 6th June 2006).

The Design Guide

The design guide generally provides information on the planning context, character appraisal and historic development and gives guidelines for future development proposals.
The Guide aims to encourage a well cared for historic environment by promoting the retention of authentic historic fabric and the use of appropriate materials and historic construction methods for repairs.  It fosters a context for the evolution of high quality contemporary architecture and landscape architecture in extensions and new build proposals.  It is intended to be sufficiently robust to discourage poor quality design proposals and inappropriate approaches to conservation

The Baseline Audit

The baseline Audit examines the local distinctiveness of the Historic City Conservation Area, identifying what makes it special; by assessing its character, plan form, its landscape and setting and its historic and archaeological background.  It identifies the problems and pressures that the area faces as well as its capacity for change.

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