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2017 - 50 Years of Conservation Areas

Heritage Counts 2017 focuses on 50 years of conservation areas. Conservation areas exist to preserve 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.

To mark their 50th anniversary, we've commissioned research to understand the extent to which conservation areas have changed over time by collating and analysing socio-economic trend data in conservation areas. We also aim to uncover whether conservation area designation is achieving its intended purpose of sustainable, long term growth - "good growth".

We have published our first reports on the economic and social value of heritage, as well as the latest heritage indicators for 2017.

The full Heritage Counts 2017 publication - 50 Years of Conservation Areas - will be released on Heritage Day, 5 December 2017.

  • 78 Allison Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, West Midlands. General view of Allison Street and Well Lane, view from south.

    Heritage and the Economy

    Findings from our studies of heritage and economic activity and new research: the Heritage Economic Impact Indicator Workbook 2017.

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    Heritage and Society

    Enhancing our wellbeing and quality of life, improving the way places are perceived, and engaging the general public.

  • High Street West, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. South east corner of High Street West including 145, view from north.

    Heritage Indicators

    Each year, Heritage Counts collates a large dataset of indicators which give insights into the state of the historic environment.

  • Black and white photo of women working in an office, 1956.

    Your Views and Questions

    How to share your views and some frequently asked questions about Heritage Counts.