Category: ConservationHistory

More of Plymouth’s unique post-war architecture will enjoy more planning protection after Plymouth City Council approved plans for a new conservation area in the city centre.

The new designation places Royal Parade and Civic Square at its heart of a new conservation area.

It will take in New George Street to the north; Raleigh Street, Derry’s Cross, Athenaeum Lane to the west; Notte Street to the South; and Old Town Street, St Andrews Cross and abutting the western boundary of the Barbican Conservation Area to the east.

Leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Tudor Evans, said: “I am delighted we have agreed the new city centre conservation area. As well as being Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth has a wealth of post-war architecture and a rich cultural offer which we are keen to preserve.

This conservation area will also help put Plymouth’s history in the spotlight as we lead in to Mayflower 400 and the launch of The Box next year.

Leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Tudor Evans said “As well as protecting the buildings, the new status mean the area is eligible for funding from external organisations such as Historic England.”

The area forms an important part of Plymouth’s City Centre, which was rebuilt, following its destruction during World War Two, based on A Plan for Plymouth1943 by Professor Patrick Abercrombie and James Paton Watson.

Within the proposed conservation area are a number of Grade II listed buildings including Royal Bank of Scotland at St Andrew’s Cross, the Theatre Royal, Derry’s Clock Tower, the Bank Pub, the Council House and Civic Centre, Catharine Street Baptist Church, the former Barclay’s Bank and Unitarian Church.

There are also buildings, which although not listed, are regarded as ‘local heritage interest which make a significant contribution to the overall character and appearance of the area’. This includes House of Fraser and buildings next to it, the group of buildings between the former Derry’s Department Store and Pearl Assurance Building and the former Reel Cinema.

In addition to buildings, outdoor spaces in this location will also be included such as the Grade II listed Civic Square and the tree-lined Royal Parade.

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