Leicester City Council is asking for the public’s views on the updated appraisal and how the area should be managed for the Guildhall/Cathedral Conservation Area, which is being renamed ‘Greyfriars’ Conservation Area.
This area has come to worldwide attention following the discovery of remains of Richard III in the car park at the back of the council buildings on Greyfriars. The discovery in 2013 has put Leicester, and specifically the Greyfriars area on the tourist map as well as completely changing our understanding of the history and development of the area. It has raised the importance of the area from being locally interesting to internationally significant.
The council are required to periodically carry out assessments of the current state of the city’s conservation areas, and due to the recent burst of activity and development, the Greyfriars Conservation Area has been selected for a review. A draft Appraisal and Management Plan document have been produced for the area.
The site within Castle Ward was first designated in 1969 and was one of the first three conservation areas to be declared in Leicester. It contains many of Leicester’s most important historic buildings, streets and spaces.
These documents aim to define and record the special architectural and historical interest of the areas, and present proposals and actions that seek to guide and manage future change, enhancement and preservation of the sites, including changes to the Conservation Areas boundary.
We would like to hear your views about the Appraisal and Management Plan documents. We would also like to hear if you have any information on the history or memories of the area which could be included in the documents.
For those who would like to discuss the plans for the area in person, Conservation Officers will be available to speak to at a drop in event at St Martin’s House on Thursday, 30th October 10am - 3pm. (St Martins House 7 Peacock Ln, Leicester LE1 5PX)
The survey will close on 17th November and the results will be used to inform any changes to the Appraisal and Management Plan documents.
Please click on the link below to view the Greyfriars Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan.
If you have any queries about the surveys please contact: the Townscape Heritage Initiative team on 0116 454 3034 or by email: email@example.com