Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

PROTECTING TOWN'S HERITAGE; Eighth Conservation Area Proposed

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

PROTECTING TOWN'S HERITAGE; Eighth Conservation Area Proposed

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Byline: SANDY McKENZIE sandy.mckenzie@eveninggazette

sandy.mckenzie@eveninggazette.co.uk GREATER protection for a historic part of Middlesbrough is being proposed.

A conservation area - the eighth in the borough - is being proposed for Albert Park and the nearby area including a stretch of Linthorpe Road.

The proposed conservation area is being seen as having five key characteristics: | High quality open spaces with mature trees, including Ayresome Gardens, Albert Park and Clairville Common; | Shops and town houses traditionally associated with Linthorpe Road; | Victorian villas on Park Road North and South, and elegant Edwardian terraces overlooking Albert Park on Clairville Road; | A number of high quality churches on Linthorpe Road including Park Methodist, Sacred Heart, United Reformed and St Barnabas, and | Prominent towers associated with the fire station on Park Road South, Nazareth House on Park Road North, the copper clad dome of the Dorman Museum, and the area's churches.

The proposed new conservation area would include Albert Park and part of Linthorpe Road around 1.5km south of the town centre. The area includes Ayresome Gardens, the site of a historic cemetery.

Albert Park was built on land donated to the town by Middlesbrough's first mayor and ironmaster Henry Bolckow. The park was recently fully restored with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The council would seek to tighten planning restrictions in the new conservation area so residents would require permission for alterations to elevations fronting highways and open spaces, an approach which has already been adopted in conserving the character of Linthorpe.

Councillor Julia Rostron, the council's Champion for the Historic Environment, said: "This is about keeping the character of the town.

"We have lost so many lovely buildings in the past and we do not want the town looking bland.

"It is also important for the young people to know what went before.

"There is so much in and around Albert Park of great value. …

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