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Consultation on the Digbeth/Deritend Conservation Area – Mediaeval Birmingham

Posted October 7th, 2008 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with No Comments
The Old Crown - image courtesy of Steve Cadman

The Old Crown - image courtesy of Steve Cadman

You have until the 14th of November to get your thoughts in the conservation area for
Digbeth, Deritend and Bordesley High Streets.  Birmingham City Council writes:

Digbeth/Deritend Conservation Area was designated in May 2000. It lies to the east of the city centre. The conservation area contains the most significant remnants of mediaeval settlement in Birmingham including the fifteenth century Guildhall of St John (now the Old Crown public house). These early townscape elements are of considerable significance in the history of Birmingham’s development and were of particular importance in the designation of the area.

The draft character appraisal identifies the special interest of Digbeth/Deritend Conservation Area and provides a definition of its character.

The draft supplementary planning policies provide the framework for the preservation and enhancement of Digbeth/Deritend Conservation Area as defined in the appraisal. They are intended to guide and manage change through the promotion of good new design which responds positively to historic context. It supports and expands on the Birmingham Plan 2005 (the Unitary Development Plan).


Digbeth/Deritend Conservation Area Draft SPD (3MB PDF) – the draft character appraisal and supplementary planning policies.

Digbeth/Deritend Conservation Area Draft Sustainability Appraisal (153KB PDF) – In this report, we have summarised the background to the preparation of the draft SPD, how we identified and assessed the significant social, environmental and economic effects of the draft SPD, and how this has influenced its content

Digbeth/Deritend Conservation Area Draft Consultation Statement (12KB PDF) – this records what consultation was carried out during the preparation of the draft SPD.

For details of how to respond visit the council webpage on the consultation here. Thanks to Nicky at

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