The Aldeburgh Society is very pleased that East Suffolk Council has decided to extend the areas of the Town designated as Conservation Areas. This we believe will help preserve the town's unique character and heritage for future generations.
Conservation Areas exist to manage and protect the special architectural and historic interest of a place - in other words, the features that make it unique. Every local authority in England has at least one Conservation Area and there are around 10,000 in England.
In Conservation Areas there are some extra planning controls and considerations in place to protect the historic and architectural elements which make the place special. Conservation Areas aren’t just about restriction. They ensure that the best of our heritage is kept for future generations and help ensure that every place retains as much as possible of its own unique identity. What’s more, the fact that Conservation Areas enjoy protection from poor-quality development means that they’ve become more desirable as places to live, which in turn is often reflected in higher property prices.
Aldeburgh's conservation area was first designated in 1968, recognizing the town's architectural and historic significance and encompassed the town centre. The Society and Town Council realised some ten years ago that it would be sensible to review its scope, particularly in view of the risk that the area now designated as Aldeburgh Park might lose its limited protection as a special area. Suffolk Coastal District Council (now East Suffolk) agreed and employed consultants to look at options. In addition, representatives of the Society and Town Council walked around key parts of the Town over a period of several months to assess the possibilities. Eventually all was agreed, and East Suffolk Council conducted a consultation which determined most of the Town were very much in favour.
There are three extensions to the existing conservation area as follows:
A new Conservation Area named ‘Aldeburgh Park’ has also been also created. This is essentially the area previously designated as the “Garrett Era Area” which was first developed by Newson Garrett and his family and comprises significant Victorian and Edwardian villas as well as later developments. You can see the new area in the map below. More details of this area and the extensions can be found on the East Suffolk website.