Through High Streets Heritage Action Zones (HSHAZ) designation, conservation-led regeneration will make the South Lowestoft Conservation Area a vibrant place to live, work and visit. The HSHAZ will champion the value of heritage within the high street, using that heritage for positive change to address the current decline facing the area. It will encourage sympathetic and sustainable improvements to the built environment, where communities have pride in place and are actively engaged in the area’s protection and presentation through a programme of events and training.
The London Road boundary encompasses a significant portion of the South Lowestoft Conservation Area, in the character areas of the Harbour, London Road South and the Seafront. The built heritage is predominantly 19th century Victorian architecture, much of it being developed under Morton Peto’s development of the town, as a Victorian pleasure resort. It includes the key commercial areas of London Road North, Station Square and London Road South, and contains several listed buildings including the Grade II* Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club, the Grade II listed Post Office, National Westminster Bank, and Port House.
The London Road, Lowestoft High Street Heritage Action Zone is a four-year programme that began in 2020. It is a partnership scheme between Historic England, East Suffolk Council, Lowestoft Town Council and the East Suffolk Building Preservation Trust, working closely with Community Action Suffolk Community Enablers.
The London Road High Street Heritage Action Zone will help to:
The London Road, Lowestoft High Street Heritage Action Zone will complement the North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone that was created in 2018.
In 2021, the HSHAZ commissioned the Poetry People to use your memories to create a community poem celebrating the character and history of Kirkley and South Lowestoft. We are thrilled to be able to share ‘Spread a Little Kirkleyness’ with you, which you can watch below: