Conservation areas are those parts of the District which have been recognised as having a special architectural or historic interest which is worthy of preservation and enhancement.
When considering planning applications for developments within them, a duty is placed on the local planning authority to pay special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of the conservation area. Anyone intending to do works to trees in a conservation area is required to give the planning authority 6 weeks notice.
There are, at present, 27 conservation areas within Bolsover District, all of which can be viewed using the Find My.. mapping feature at the top of this page.
Heritage at Risk
We have made significant progress over the years to protect and conserve some of the more prominent historical buildings in the District, such as the Model Village and the former Church of England Schools in Creswell.
However, we are aware that a large number of historic buildings are at risk and therefore we have prepared a Heritage at Risk Strategy (1MB) which prioritises action to tackle a further twenty-one buildings or group of buildings at risk across the District. The priority buildings include historic farmsteads, former railway buildings, former shops and pubs as well as smaller residential properties.
What can you do about Heritage at Risk?
If you know of a historic building that is at risk, where it has recently become more at risk, or if you are the owner or are interested in helping the Council save a building at risk, please let us know immediately.
More information on Heritage at Risk can be viewed at:
- Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust
- English Heritage – Heritage at Risk
- SAVE Britain's Heritage
- The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)
English Heritage is responsible for compiling and updating a List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Listed Buildings are graded I, II* or II in recognition of their relative importance. They include fine examples of buildings associated with well-known architects or, a particular architectural period.
Within the District there are presently 395 listed buildings, ranging from minor structures such as street furniture and telephone kiosks through to internationally recognised buildings such as Bolsover Castle and Hardwick Hall.
The whole of the building is protected. This includes its interior; where historic fabric survives, as well as its exterior. Objects or structures within the grounds, which have formed part of the land since before 1 July 1948, are also protected.
We have a statutory duty to ensure that all works to listed buildings preserves their special historic or architectural character. Any demolition, extensions or alterations that affect the character will require prior Listed Building Consent. This may include some internal alterations and certain repairs and maintenance works.
It is not the intention of listing to prevent any alterations or changes to a building, but to ensure that if works are carried out they respect the building's historic and architectural character. There will, however, be a strong presumption in favour of preservation and minimising any disturbance to the building. It is an offence to carry out any of these works to a listed building without Listed Building Consent and we may take action against any unauthorised works.
It is always preferable to proceed with the sympathetic repair of a listed building. We can advise on correct repair techniques and those repairs, which can be carried out without the need for Listed Building Consent.
There is a statutory duty on the owners of listed buildings to maintain their property in a manner that preserves its architectural or historic character. This can result in a higher than usual financial responsibility. If a listed building falls into disrepair or is not being properly preserved we can enforce repairs through legal action if necessary.