Conservation Area

Clitheroe Conservation Area

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 now over 10,000 in England.

The Clitheroe Conservation Area was designated in October 1973 and extended and given Outstanding Conservation Area status in December 1979. Ribble Valley Borough Council Commissioned and published a comprehensive Conservation Appraisal Study in 2005 alongside Guidance Notes. This remains the definitive document defining the Conservation Area, its significance and point of reference for all development within it.

The original Area of the Clitheroe Conservation was extended in 2007 to include Holmes Mill and that part of Woone Lane and Moor Lane to the North East of the Mill

In March 2019 - at the invitation of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Director of Economic Development and Planning, Nicola Hopkins - the Society supported their bid to the Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) for High Streets Heritage Action Zones funding. This to secure funding to prepare regeneration plans for ailing high streets within historic town centres – such as Clitheroe’s.

Clitheroe Character area map

conservation area map