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Conservation zone set to be extended

PUBLISHED: 14:45 11 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:31 03 July 2010

THE character of Gorleston's historic Edwardian harbour is poised to get further protection as plans to extend a conservation area looks set to be approved.

THE character of Gorleston's historic Edwardian harbour is poised to get further protection as plans to extend a conservation area looks set to be approved.

A final draft plan has been completed by the borough council following local consultation and will now go before the authority's cabinet either later this month or January to be rubber stamped.

There are currently two conservation areas in Gorleston covering part of Cliff Hill and the town centre.

Under the proposals Marine Parade, Lower and Upper Esplanades, Pavilion Road, South Pier, Riverside Road, Pier Plain, Lowestoft Road, Sussex Road and the west side of the High Street, will become part of a conservation area, giving it further protection over future developments.

Regeneration officer at the borough council, Darren Barker, said the conservation zone was being extended to further protect the special architecture and historical character of the area.

During the summer months, residents and businesses in the proposed area were sent letters about the plans and Mr Barker said the response was overwhelmingly positive.

Outer harbour operator International Port Holdings (IPH) raised concerns about the impact the proposed changes would have on its commercial activities, although this has now been resolved.

Mr Barker said the purpose of a conservation area was not to hinder development but to safeguard local areas by encouraging future developments to enhance the character of the area.

He said that government guidelines stressed areas should be designated by their quality, not simply the architecture of one building.

Mr Barker said English Heritage were “impressed” with the proposals put forward saying Gorleston's mix of urban area, 18th century homes and busy port backdrop made it a unique setting.

Once approved by the council the conservation area will come into effect.

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