Have your say on conservation plans

Published Thursday, 4th April 2024

People in Hartlepool are being encouraged to give their views on draft Conservation Area Management Plans (CAMPs) for the Headland and Seaton Carew Conservation Areas.

Conservation Areas are areas of special historic or architectural interest which are desirable to preserve or enhance.

Councils are required to formulate and publish proposals for this preservation and enhancement. They are also required to periodically review them in the form of a CAMP.

Hartlepool Borough Council was given a grant by Historic England to commission new appraisals and CAMPs for the Headland and Seaton Carew Conservation Areas, and drafts of these have been produced by specialist consultants Purcell Architecture.

Purcell reviewed the condition of the conservation areas, looked at the boundaries of each area to see if any parts should be removed or included, and identified opportunities for enhancement.

In addition, an online consultation was carried out to gather residents’ views on each conservation area, alongside two drop-in sessions where there was an opportunity for people to ask questions.

The resulting draft CAMPs set out the defining features that make the two areas special and provide a set of recommendations and actions for the areas’ ongoing protection, enhancement and regeneration.

Sarah Scarr, the Council’s Head of Service (Heritage and Open Spaces), said: “These CAMPs will play a key role in helping to preserve and enhance the unique character of the Seaton Carew and Headland Conservation Areas, so we are very keen to hear what people think of the draft plans.”

People can see and comment on the plans online at https://yoursay.hartlepool.gov.uk/conservation-area-management-plans up until the end of April.

Two drop-in events have also been arranged. One will take place on the Headland and the other at Seaton Carew, although people from either area are invited to attend the event of their choice. They will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Thursday 11th April  2 – 4pm at Thrive Hive, Seaton Carew Methodist Church, Farndale Road..
  • Monday 15th April  5 – 7pm at Heugh Battery Museum, Moor Terrace..

Responses will be considered when finalising the plans in the coming months.