Moves to protect town’s buildings

ARCHITECTURAL SPLENDOUR: The frontage of Peacocks store
ARCHITECTURAL SPLENDOUR: The frontage of Peacocks store
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RESIDENTS could apply to have their favourite historical buildings preserved for future generations.

Heritage chiefs want to create a local list of Blackpool’s best examples of architecture and believe there are up to 200 buildings deserving of special protection.

They are also recommending four new conservation areas be created in the resort.

Blackpool currently has only two conservation areas covering part of the town centre and Stanley Park, which is well below the national average.

Now it is being suggested the area around Raikes Hall extending from Leamington Road to Bryan Road and Forest Gate becomes a third conservation area.

Research is being carried out to consider which other parts of the town could also be given the status.

The proposals have emerged from the Blackpool Historic Townscape Characterisation reports commissioned to support future bids for heritage funding.

Carl Carrington, built heritage manager for Blackpool Council, said; “The area around Raikes Hall has been begging to be a conservation area for some time.

“It already includes listed buildings such as the Salvation Army, the Synagogue and Raikes Hall itself.

“There are other areas where we will have a look at the history and significance and there will be a relatively even spread between north and central, and potentially south as well.

“Local listings would be buildings with a long history closely linked with the resort and we believe there are in excess of 200 buildings we have potentially identified as meeting the criteria.”

Chairman of Blackpool Civic Trust Elaine Smith suggested the Victory Pub on Caunce Street and the art deco former Pricebusters building on Bank Hey Street were among those which could be locally listed.

She said: “When English Heritage list buildings they don’t take into account local feelings.

“If we had local listings it would mean people couldn’t knock buildings down without a lot of fuss.”

Local listings do not carry the same weight as national listings but planners can take the status into consideration when making decisions.