The council is consulting on a draft Character Statement for the Old Town Conservation area, which is located in the heart of Brighton. It covers the historic extent of the medieval fishing town of Brighthelmstone, defined by the historic boundaries of North Street, East Street, West Street and the seafront. The Conservation Area was designated in 1973 and extended to include the promenade and beach area in 1977.
BackgroundA conservation area character statement sets out the special interest of the area. A good understanding of what makes a conservation area special is key to its continued conservation; it gives justification to the designation and forms the groundwork for a later management plan (which will be subject to separate consultation). An up-to-date character statement is important for making robust and enforceable planning decisions, and carries considerable weight at any planning appeal. Such statements can also offer constructive guidance for owners, businesses and their agents when preparing development proposals.