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The Conservation and Planning Group  comments on planning proposals which affect English Heritage Registered Parks and Gardens  in Lancashire. We  receive notification of  proposals via the Association of Gardens Trusts and the Garden History Society

We also work with Local Authorities and other organisations and groups to encourage the conservation and protection of Lancashire’s unregistered designed landscapes. We  monitor and make comments on policy development in Local Plans and on individual planning applications. We would like to build up a network of ‘eyes and ears’ in local neighbourhoods through members and related organisations.

Working with the Research and Recording Group we aim to produce a gazetteer of sites identifying the significance of all unregistered sites. The gazetteer will be useful in the planning  process and will provide information about sites for general use.

There are currently 9 registered parks and gardens, or their listed buildings and structures categorised 'At Risk' by English Heritage -   Heaton Hall, Manchester;  Lytham Hall, Fylde; Capernwray Hall, Lancaster; Scarisbrick Hall, West Lancashire;  Woodfold Park, Mellor; Ince Blundell Old Hall, Sefton;  Synagogue, Sefton Park, Liverpool;  Laundry and Cottages, Croxteth Park, Liverpool; and Anfield Cemetery. 
In addition 14 listed buildings within unregistered sites are identified as at risk - Turton Tower summerhouse, Blackburn; Extwistle Hall, The Holme and Shuttleworth Hall, Burnley; Bank Hall, Chorley; Lytham Hall, Fylde; Former Chapel of St. Mary, Ellel Grange and Queen Victoria Memorial, Dalton Square, Lancaster; Baguley Hall, Manchester; Foxdenton Hall, Oldham; Townhead and Whalley Abbey west range, Ribble Valley; Hopwood Hall, Rochdale; and Halsall old rectory ruins, West Lancashire.

Can you help? -  Join the Conservation and Planning Group so that more can be achieved. For more information email: conservation@lancsgt.org.uk


Comments have been made on planning applications for Anfield Cemetery/Stanley Park, Liverpool and for Ashton Hall, Lancaster.
Planning applications at Clitheroe Castle Rose Garden, Gawthorpe Hall Burnley, Stanley Park Anfield Car Park, Clifton Hall and Cuerden Hall Chorley are being investigated.

ENGLISH HERITAGE have carried out a review of 30 Registered Parks and Gardens Sites across the country and the following sites have been upgraded in our area:
From Grade II to II* 
Alexandra Park, Oldham 
Corporation Park, Blackburn
Avenham, Miller and Moor Parks, Preston
Hesketh Park, Sefton
Wavertree Park, Liverpool
because they are all early parks retaining much of their original design by significant designers.

From Grade II* to I
Sefton Park, Liverpool
because it is an important element of one of England's great Industrial Cities, one of the parks and open spaces designed to form a green belt around Liverpool and of importance as the first to introduce French park design to England.

Let us know about any historic parks and gardens under threat in your area 

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