A Celebration of the UK's First Conservation Area

A Celebration of the UK's First Conservation Area

July 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act 1967 that saw the introduction of Conservation Areas in the UK.

The town of Stamford, Lincolnshire, was the first to be designated as a Conservation Area and, in recognition of this, Bidwells is working with South Kesteven District Council to mark the event with a one-day conference on Thursday 21 September 2017 in the Arts Centre in Stamford.

The event is being organised by Bidwells, and is supported by RIBAHistoric EnglandRTPIIHBC and Civic Voice.

The day will bring together a range of speakers who represent different professions and stakeholders whose life or work is influenced by the existence of Conservation Areas. The speakers will draw out what lessons have been learnt over the last 50 years and how the application of legislation has affected the way our environments have grown.

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  • Dr Jonathan Foyle, Architectural Historian and broadcaster

  • Dr James Simpson OBE, Simpson & Brown Architects

  • Tom Dyckhoff, Architectural Historian and broadcaster

  • Deborah Lamb, Historic England

  • Valeria Passetti, RIBA

  • Harry Burchill, RTPI

  • Clive Fletcher, Historic England

  • Chris SurfleetHead of Heritage, Bidwells


Conference 09:30-16:00 (Lunch included)

Session 1: Stamford and its Conservation Area

  • Civic Voice – Joan Humble, Chair of Civic Voice
  • Historic England - Clive Fletcher, Historic England
  • RIBA - Valeria Passetti

Session 2: Success and failure/ the legacy of Conservation Areas

  • RTPI Mike Derbyshire, Head of Planning, Bidwells
  • IHBC – Rob Walker, East Lindsey District Council
  • RTPI Harry Burchill

Session 3: The way forward / Lessons for policy-making

  • Dr Jonathan Foyle
  • RIBA James Simpson, Simpson & Brown Architects
  • Tom Dyckhoff, Architectural Historian, Broadcaster


Guided Walk 16:00-17:00

Drinks in Ballroom with a toast to Conservation Areas proposed by Dan Cruickshank, Art Historian and broadcaster 17:00-18:00

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