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Planning Advice Note PAN 71: Conservation Area Management

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Planning Advice Note PAN 71: Conservation Area Management

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Biggar

Introduction

Designing Places, published in November 2001, sets out the Scottish Executive's expectations of the planning system to deliver high standards of design and quality. This Planning Advice Note (PAN) fits with Designing Places and forms part of the design series of Advice Notes, which together strive to provide the foundations for tomorrow's conservation areas.

There are over 600 conservation areas in Scotland. They can be found in our cities, towns, villages and in some rural settings, and can play an important role in economic and community regeneration and environmental enhancement. The designation of a conservation area is a means to safeguard and enhance the sense of place, character and appearance of our most valued historic places. Buildings of character, listed buildings, scheduled monuments, trees, historic street patterns, open spaces and designed gardens and landscapes are important components of these areas. The overall layout and pattern of development may be just as important to the character as individual buildings. The activities that go on inside conservation areas are also important. Conservation areas are living environments that despite their history, will continue to adapt and develop. Designating a conservation area does not mean a prohibition on development. It does mean carefully managing change to ensure that the character and appearance of these areas are safeguarded and enhanced for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations.

This PAN complements existing national policy and provides further advice on the management of conservation areas. It identifies good practice for managing change, sets out a checklist for appraising conservation areas and provides advice on funding and implementation.

This PAN should be read in conjunction with other national policy and advice. Of particular relevance are: The Memorandum of Guidance on Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas, NPPG 18 Planning and the Historic Environment, Designing Places: A Policy Statement for Scotland, PAN 52 Planning in Small Towns, and PAN 68 Design Statements.

The advice in this PAN will be of particular relevance to planning authorities, but effective management of conservation areas requires support and input from other stakeholders. This advice is also intended as a guide for other local authority interests, developers, heritage trusts, utility companies, public sector agencies, residents, property owners, community organisations and amenity bodies. Effective co-ordination of the knowledge, enthusiasm, commitment and resources of these interests can contribute significantly to the effective conservation and enhancement of Scotland's historic environment and the quality of life of those who live in, use and enjoy these places.

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Merchant City Glasgow

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Eyemouth