Seafront among ‘historic streets’ protected

PUBLISHED: 11:33 18 July 2015

Exmouth conservation area

Exmouth conservation area


Historic buildings on 13 more of Exmouth’s historic streets have been given added protection.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has extended the conservation area, which includes buildings dating back to before the Battle of Waterloo.

Unlike listed building status, which safeguards individual buildings, a conservation area protects a whole part of the town where the ‘character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance’.

The area now includes Gertrude Terrace, Morton Crescent, Alexandra Terrace, The Esplanade, Manor Gardens, St Andrew’s Road, Chapel Hill, The Strand, Queen Street, Tower Street, High Street, Portland Avenue and Cyprus Road.

Developers must have permission before demolishing a building and, when considering an application, EDDC must ‘pay special attention’ to ‘preserving or enhancing the area’s historic character or appearance’.

It is a criminal offence to carry out work on a tree without authorisation and six weeks’ notice must be given to the council.

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