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Estate agents survey backs benefit of conservation areas

Conservation areas found to be at the highest risk of neglect, decay or being spoilt by unsympathetic changes will be identified so that local councils and communities can prioritise actions and resources to improve them. Examples will also be given of places where joint initiatives by councils and local people have achieved great results.

Now the views of estate agents have given added weight to the push to see our most cherished and distinctive neighbourhood safeguarded. English Heritage teamed up with market researchers BDRC to quiz estate agents on the link between property values and conservation areas. The results show that:

* three-quarters of estate agents believe that a well-maintained conservation area adds to the value of the properties within it – confidence in the area retaining its character and the attractiveness of the environment were the two key reasons cited

* 82% felt that original features tend to add financial value to properties and 78% believed they helped a property to sell more quickly

* nearly 50% reported that residential properties within conservation areas were selling for more than equivalent properties outside.

As well as identifying the chief threats to conservation areas, this year’s Heritage at Risk register will list for the East Midlands all the Grade I and II* historic buildings at risk, all the scheduled monuments at risk, all the historic parks, gardens and landscapes at risk and even the registered battlefields and protected wrecks at risk – the most comprehensive picture yet compiled into the state of the regions heritage treasures.

Heritage at Risk is supported by heritage insurer Ecclesiastical, which is proud to be associated with English Heritage in its campaign to save the nation’s historic environment.

To receive news of the campaign launch and a free campaign pack, register at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/conservationareas

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