Heritage and Conservation

"These old buildings do not belong to us only...they are not our property to do as we like with. We are only trustees for those that come after us."

(William Morris, 1889)

The District's heritage is a finite resource, which once lost is impossible to replace.

The Council's Conservation Officer can provide specialist advice on the historic built environment. It is their responsibility to secure the preservation and enhancement of East Cambridgeshire's rich and diverse heritage. They are responsible for the following:

  • giving advice on the repair and maintenance of historic buildings;

  • giving advice on the reuse of redundant buildings;

  • giving design advice to the Planning team and external agents;

  • working with owners of buildings at risk;

  • preparing conservation area appraisals and proposing boundary designations;

  • producing guidance and policy documents to help guide developers and applicants when dealing with the built environment.

Please note there is no charge for general advice from the Conservation Officer who will endeavour to respond to your enquiry within 14 working days.