Let us have your views...

This is a public survey conducted by Hamlet Court Conservation Forum, working to protect the Hamlet Court Area. For full details of the Forum please see http://hamletcourt.org/

Do you want to see the fantastic identity of the Hamlet Court area protected and regeneration encouraged? This can happen with Conservation Area designation.

In the 21st Century designation is not necessarily about a nostalgic view of bringing back a lost past but a positive view of what heritage led protection and regeneration can achieve.  This has happened elsewhere in places like Margate, our near neighbour over the estuary. And it’s about time it happened in Westcliff!

Conservation can help the protection of our historic buildings and lead to the improvement of our environment. Conservation can also be very positive, bringing about heritage funding opportunities and mobilising the local community into supporting protection and future improvement.

Usually areas improve after designation and this can be seen around the town in Clifftown, Shoebury Garrison, Leigh and Milton. Historic England have worked with the London School of Economics to show that within conservation areas residential property values can increase by approximately 9%. Similarly commercial regeneration can be assisted by heritage led initiatives and grants, such as grants towards new shop fronts.   

Sometimes conservation is seen negatively and restrictive to commercial areas but it is worth dispelling a couple of popular myths:

Myth 1
Conservation means that buildings have to change: No, not necessarily - Conservation Area designation is not retrospective, it is not obligatory to carry out historic building fabric improvements. Yes, where change is planned by buildings owners/tenants, historically correct improvements are encouraged and may be eligible for heritage funding assistance but there is no requirement to make such changes.

Myth 2
Conservation means that more expensive, historically correct building materials have to be used: No, not necessarily - Like for Like fabric replacement is normally perfectly permissible with no obligation to upgrade to superior or historically correct materials. For example, normally it is acceptable for uPVC windows to replace existing uPVC windows. Again, improvement would be encouraged and possibly eligible for heritage funding but this is how conservation works throughout Southend and elsewhere.

This is our neighbourhood, our town, where we live and work and If you would like to participate in giving your views please complete the following consultation survey and we thank you for helping the local community

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* 1. What is your full name and address? [This is only used to analyse the survey data and we will comply with the General Data Protection Regulation]

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* 2. Do you think that Conservation Area designation can help the protection & improvement of the Hamlet Court area?

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* 3. Both areas A & B below have architectural and historical significance and you can see our report into this HERE. If you answered 'Yes' to Question 1 do you think that the conservation area boundary should be area A only or areas A + B together? (see below)

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* 4. Would you support wider conservation protection outside of Areas A + B (this may not be formal Conservation Area designation but could be enhanced Local Plan policies)

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* 5. In Hamlet Court Road how would you rank other things that could help regeneration:

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* 6. If you would you like to be contacted with the survey results please provide your email address [Please note that only email responses can be given but otherwise the survey results will be published on our website]

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* 7. Are you interested in joining Hamlet Court Conservation Forum to support our work? [if 'Yes' We will contact you separately via your email address at Q6 - if 'No' we also publish news on our Facebook group page Hamlet Court Road Regeneration and Twitter @hamlet_court

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* 8. Do you have any other comment you wish to make?

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