Residents, business and property owners in Lowestoft are invited to comment on a reappraised management plan for the South Lowestoft and Kirkley Conservation Area.
Funded by the London Road Lowestoft High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), the South Lowestoft and Kirkley Conservation Area Management Plan has recently been reviewed and updated to ensure the document reflects the latest policy and guidance, as well as ensuring that the unique special interest of the area is captured and protected.
The draft appraisal, which has been carried out by Place Services on behalf of East Suffolk Council, provides a history of the area, identifies what features make a positive or negative contribution to the special character of the Conservation Area, reviews the boundary, and makes recommendations for its future enhancement.
A six-week public consultation is now underway, and members of the local community are invited to comment on the proposal document.
Cllr David Ritchie, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Planning and Coastal Management said: “Conservation areas have special architectural and historical significance, and their designation allows local authorities to ensure the character and appearance of the area, and their unique features, are appropriately managed and protected.
“Once finalised, these documents will make recommendations for the future management of the South Lowestoft and Kirkley Conservation area and will be used together with other planning policy documents to guide decisions on planning applications and planning enforcement.”
The South Lowestoft and Kirkley Conservation Area stretches from London Road North down to The Avenue, taking in London Road South, the terraces and Kirkley Cliff Avenue, the Promenade and beach, as well as Kirkley Cemetery and the area surrounding St Peter and St John’s Church. It is notable for its historic association with Sir Samuel Peto, who influenced its development into a seaside pleasure resort in the nineteenth century and has provided the town with its distinctive character and appearance. The predominant age of buildings within the area date to the mid nineteenth century, and the majority of buildings are Victorian in architectural style. The town has retained a strong relationship with the sea, which is evident in the buildings, statues, and spaces such as the gardens, promenades and piers, which are elements that provide key focal points within the Conservation Area.
This consultation is now closed.
About High Streets Heritage Action Zones
The High Streets Heritage Action Zones is a £95 million government-funded programme led by Historic England, designed to secure lasting improvements and help breathe new life into our historic high streets for the communities and businesses that use them. Historic England is working with local people and partners to unlock the rich heritage on these high streets, through repair and improvement works as well as arts and cultural programmes, making them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors.