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Conservation

Conservation
NECT has worked for many years advising on conservation and planning matters, producing numerous conservation area character appraisals and management strategies for local authorities across the North. Some have been used to assist in securing heritage-led grant funding as part of regeneration initiatives.

Our experience of producing conservation plans and conservation statements for a wide variety of historic sites is extensive, including some with above and below ground significance, for example Clifford’s Fort, North Shields; 20th Century heritage such as Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne; individual buildings such as Preston Hall, Stockton-on-Tees and Carlisle Methodist Central Hall; and extensive, complex landscapes, for example Ravensworth Castle and Estate in Gateshead and the 1970s Byker housing estate in Newcastle.

We are able to research individual buildings to advise on historical importance, which can then help to inform planning decisions. We are also able to advise on other regional heritage and conservation issues. For example, we have carried out an evaluation of maritime heritage across the region, working with local groups involved in the sector to explore how to improve networks across the region and ensure that maritime heritage and skills are conserved for the future.