Bolsover District is richly endowed with buildings and landscapes which illustrate how our ancestors – both recent and more distant – once lived in the area. The mix of old and new is a vital ingredient of character. The historic environment enriches the places in which we live and also makes an important contribution to tourism by attracting visitors to the District, helping regeneration.
We recognise the vital importance of the historic environment and its contribution to place making, pride of local people, the tourism industry and the attractiveness of the area to investment and regeneration. In view of this importance and the statutory duties associated with it, we have a Heritage Conservation Team to provide a comprehensive and quality service for the conservation enhancement and control of the architectural and historic environment of the District.
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:
We will also consider whether to designate further conservation areas from time to time.
Heritage At Risk
Bolsover District is richly endowed with buildings and landscapes which illustrate how our ancestors – both recent and more distant – once lived in the area. However, as the economy of the District changes, so the types and locations of the buildings that are required for the continuation of the economy also change.
One result of this is that buildings, sites or whole areas fall into disuse, dereliction and disrepair, some of which are of significant social, cultural, architectural or historic importance and these features are collectively known as Heritage at Risk.
What we are doing about Heritage at Risk?
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?
Historic Environment Scheme
We recognise the vital importance of the historic environment and its contribution to place making, pride of local people, the tourism industry and the attractiveness of the area to investment and regeneration.
To protect the District's historic environment and to explain what areas of work we will prioritise, we have prepared a Historic Environment Scheme (670kb) to cover the period 2008-2013.
Since the adoption of the Historic Environment Scheme in February 2008, progress of its implementation is reviewed from time to time. The latest version of the Historic Environment Scheme Work Programme (419kb) was approved by the Planning Committee at its meeting on the 23rd November 2011 and this document reflects the reduction in resources in the Conservation Team and the need to reassess priorities and workload.
The Historic Environment Scheme also sets out:
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.