Mid Devon District Council defines Conservation Areas as follows:
‘Conservation areas are areas with a special character or quality which should be preserved or enhanced. The special architectural and/or historic nature of the area derives from the cumulative impact of groups of buildings and spaces rather than due to a singular outstanding building.
Areas are designated as conservation areas to ensure the character is preserved or enhanced. This does not mean that no change or development can take place, but, where changes do occur, they are appropriate for the context and setting of the area’.
Tiverton has three Conservation Areas. (See maps).
Tiverton Conservation Area (1972, extended and revised in 1992 and 2005). The first conservation area in England was established at Stamford in Lincolnshire in September 1967, and, there are now over 10,000. To mark the fiftieth anniversary Historic England have, following a submission by this society, included the Tiverton Conservation Area as one of six examples of ‘amazing conservation areas’ in England . However, they also categorize it as ‘Heritage at Risk‘, the condition being ‘very bad’ and ‘deteriorating’.
In October 2018 the Tiverton Conservation Area was, following nomination by this society, placed 8th out of 249 entries in a competition organised by Civic Voice after a national vote to find ‘England’s Favourite Conservation Area.’
Grand Western Canal Conservation Area (1992). (This includes the whole of the Grand Western Canal, the western end of which is located in Tiverton). ‘Perhaps the most extraordinary canal in England’ (Charles Hadfield). In November 2012 a serious breach in the canal bank near Halberton necessitated closure of a large section of the canal until repairs were completed the following, it being reopened in March 2014.
Blundell’s Conservation Area (2014).
Blundell’s School, at the heart of the Blundell’s Conservation Area