Conservation consultation

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RESIDENTS and people interested in Dundee’s built heritage could have say in its future as part of a consultation on three of the city’s conservation areas.

Trottick, Baxter Park and University conservation areas will come under the spotlight as part of the process.

Bill Campbell depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “Buildings and the spaces between them of architectural or historic interest go towards creating the individual character of a place. Conservation areas ensure that new developments or alterations don’t have a negative impact on the existing character.

“The backing of residents for conservation areas is crucial because while houses may share design features, materials and characteristics they are also people’s homes and part of vibrant existing neighbourhoods.

“Conservation area status in other parts of Dundee has created the potential for enhancement and regeneration, and positive participation in these three areas should help to see that replicated in them.”

Dundee has 17 conservation areas which ensure that new development/alterations do not have a negative impact on their existing character.

The Trottick Conservation Area was designated in April 1971, while the Baxter Park and University conservation areas were created in February 2002.

This is the first review of these areas since their creation and as part of the appraisal the existing boundaries have been reviewed with a number of minor amendments proposed.

The Trottick Conservation Area is on the periphery of the city alongside the Dighty watercourse. Its traditional settlement comprises of the buildings and associated ponds, lades and dams of the former Claverhouse bleach field works. Dating from the 1780s it was once the largest in Dundee.

As well as the mill buildings, cottages were built to house workers, and evidence of both still remains.

Baxter Park Conservation Area is to the north east of the city centre adjacent to the Maryfield Conservation Area.

The park itself, designed in 1863 by Sir Joseph Paxton, forms an integral part of the city`s green infrastructure. It is the most complete Paxton park in Scotland with its boundary walls, gateways and views of the central pavilion forming vistas to surrounding streets, all contributing to the dignified suburban character of the wider area.

The University Conservation Area is home to the majority of the University of Dundee’s campus. It has changed dramatically over the past decade, resulting in large scale re-development of a number of sites and properties. Older buildings and the historic street pattern is combined with a range of purpose designed late 19th and 20th century monumental buildings.

According to a report to come before the committee on Monday (September 26) conservation areas are dynamic and constantly evolving and it is therefore essential to review and analyse their character from time to time.

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