Historic areas set for special status

Victorian achitecture on York Street in Blackpool which could be included in a new conservation area.
Victorian achitecture on York Street in Blackpool which could be included in a new conservation area.
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Heritage chiefs are bidding to create two new conservation areas in Blackpool in a bid to preserve more of the resort’s history.

Foxhall, which was the first part of the town to offer holiday accommodation for the working classes, and Raikes, which boasts two of Blackpool’s oldest buildings, could be given the special status.

It would give the council more control over minor 
development and demolition of buildings.

Currently there are 
only two conservation areas in Blackpool, in the town centre based around Talbot Square and Stanley Park.

The first step will be to 
consult with residents living in both neighbourhoods.

Coun Christine Wright, cabinet member for heritage on Blackpool Council, said: “It is important we consult with people and we want to see what their ideas are,

“People who live in these areas will also have something interesting to contribute to the history, especially if they have lived there all their lives.

“The Raikes area had Blackpool’s first park and zoo and there is a lot of heritage there, while Foxhall was the first part of Blackpool to offer holiday lodgings.”

It is being proposed to create the Raikes conservation area bounded by Leamington Road, Bryan Road, Raikes 
Parade, Beech Avenue, Forest Gate and the east end of Reads Avenue.

The area is distinctive for its inter-war housing, but also boasts two of the oldest buildings of Blackpool’s central area – the late 18th century Raikes Hall which is now the Raikes Pub, and the Number Three pub (now called The Crown).

Up until 1901, extensive gardens covered the area 
including fountains and 

The Foxhall conservation area would include streets around Yorkshire Street, Shannon Street and Coop Street and could also include York Street and Bairstow Street.

This tight grid of streets developed over a 50-year 
period beginning in the 1860s to provide affordable holiday accommodation for working people, sparked by the opening of Central Station in 1862 and Central Pier in 1868. Neil Winkley, of The Aberford 
Hotel, on Yorkshire Street, said: “I think this would be great for the area, and I think a lot of people would agree.

“Our property dates back to 1871 and we still have some of the Victorian railings.

“Being a conservation area would attract more tourists. We are already seeing some new investment here, and I think this would bring even more.”

Nick Osborne, who owns properties on Bairstow Street, said: “We have still got all our original facades. I would welcome this because it’s too easy to knock down heritage and once it has gone, you cannot get it back.”

Blackpool’s executive committee is being asked to agree to consult on the proposals when it meets on Monday.