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Conservation areas survey.

Thousands of conservation areas In England are to be surveyed to see if they are at risk from neglect or Inappropriate development, English Heritage said.

The heritage body wants every local authority to fill in a questionnaire in the first nationwide census of areas protected for their special character.

English Heritage's chief executive Simon Thurley said the survey would show If front gardens In conservation areas were being lost to parking, if sash windows were being replaced by plastic ones or If high streets were threatened by "the wrong kind of change".

There are 9,300 conservation areas In England, ranging from historic town centres to isolated farm buildings.

They Include the Industrial heritage of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, the fishing village of Clovelly In North Devon and the Belgravla conservation area In central London. The results of the survey will be published In June and areas at risk will be added to Heritage at Risk register.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Mar 19, 2009
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