Gainsborough Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan

West Lindsey District Council is undertaking a six week public consultation on the draft Gainsborough Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan, which will start on Monday 8 July 2019.

National legislation defines a conservation area as an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.  A conservation area appraisal is an objective analysis of the elements which together define the area’s special architectural or historic interest.  A management plan sets out how this special character can be protected and enhanced. 

Being located within a conservation area affects the development potential of properties and sites as there is a statutory and policy requirement to ensure special character is protected.

The current Gainsborough Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal was produced in 1992 and during the subsequent 27 years the town centre has undergone significant physical and economic change.  The council is obliged to update its conservation area appraisals from time to time to reflect such change.

The conservation area has been subject to a comprehensive review based upon archival research and survey work and this has informed the draft appraisal which the council is now consulting on.

Other than the updating of the appraisal to reflect the town as it is today, it also contains four proposed boundary changes to the conservation area.

The council would welcome the views of property owners, user groups, occupiers, the wider community and any other interested parties on the content of the draft Gainsborough Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal Gainsborough and on the proposed boundary changes.

Those wishing to comment on the appraisal and the proposed boundary changes can do so by emailing; by Friday 30 August 2019.

In addition there will be a public meeting on Monday 12 August 2019, 11am at West Lindsey District Council, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough, DN21 2NA. Please register you attendance by emailing