Conservation Areas are defined as areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. The prime consideration in identifying Conservation Areas is the ‘quality of place’. This can be derived from many factors such as the grouping of buildings and their relationship with open spaces and other buildings, the quality of architectural and vernacular detail, landscape setting, views and the contribution made by individual properties to the character and appearance of the area.
Within Wrexham County Borough there are 23 designated Conservation Areas and details and maps for each area are available by clicking on the names below:
- Bangor on Dee
- Cefn Mawr
- Fairy Road (Wrexham)
- Grosvenor Road (Wrexham)
- Hightown Barracks
- Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog
- Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
- Salisbury Park (Wrexham)
- Wrexham Town Centre
Once a Conservation Area is designated the Council is required to formulate and publish proposals for the preservation and enhancement of that area. As part of this requirement Wrexham County Borough Council has been undertaking reviews and studies of its Conservation Areas in order to produce Conservation Area Character Assessment and Management Plans.
A Character Assessment and Management Plan is concerned with the reasons for designation and defines the qualities that contribute to the special character and appearance of a Conservation Area. Character Assessment and Management Plans are not an attempt to stifle or prevent change from occurring within a Conservation Area; instead they aim to promote and support developments that are in keeping with or enhance the special character of an area. To do this the documents are divided into two parts:
- The Character Assessment – the assessment provides a brief historical background to the development of the area and describes and analyses the various features that give the Conservation Area its special character and sense of place. There should be a presumption that all of the features identified should be preserved or enhanced.
- The Management Plan – the management plan sets out proposals for the enhancement of a Conservation Area and includes detailed design guidance for both new build and alterations to existing properties to ensure new works are carried out in sympathy with the special character of the area and that harmful change is avoided.
Search for Conservation Areas in Wrexham Country Borough using Archwilio, the Historic Environment Record for Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust.