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Seaham Townscape Heritage Project (phase 2a)


You are invited to have your say on plans to improve Seaham town centre.

Background

Seaham town centre was designated as a conservation area in 1997, identifying it as an area of special architectural and historic interest, and a management plan was developed to preserve and enhance the town's character and appearance.

To secure funding for the town's improvement, in 2017, we consulted on the Seaham Townscape Heritage Project (phase 1) and in May 2018, we were awarded £78,200 by Heritage Lottery Fund to employ a project officer and specialist consultants to develop more detailed proposals for a second round application in Spring 2019. 

If successful, the second round funding will be used to deliver a Townscape Heritage project in the town centre, which will restore and maintain historic buildings, help to bring vacant properties into use and upgrade paving and public spaces.

What are we doing?

As part of the application process, Seaham Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal and management plan are being updated.

We need you to share your views on how changes to the area should be managed, including identifying ways to improve the town and ensuring that planning applications are appropriate for the area.

We are holding three events at St John the Evangelist Church, Seaham, SR7 7SA.

Event one: Introduction to Townscape Heritage

Tuesday 6 November (9.30am-5.30pm)

The aim of this event is to provide information on what Seaham Townscape Heritage project is, what has happened so far, what happens next and how people can get involved. You can also find out more about phase one on the 2017 Seaham Townscape Heritage Project (phase 1) consultation page.

Event two: Reviewing Seaham Conservation Area

Thursday 15 November (12.00 noon-8.00pm)

As part of the application we are updating the Seaham Town Centre conservation area appraisal and management plan. This document identifies the historic features that define Seaham's unique character and looks at ways to preserve and enhance it. 

We want to know what people think makes Seaham a special and distinctive place to live. Have they ever noticed any peculiar features around the town that are overlooked? Do people want to know more about the history of the place they live in?

Crown Copyright and database rights 2008. Ordnance Survey LA 100049055. We appreciate that this is an old document - if you have any problems reading it, please contact us

Event three: future events and activities

Tuesday 20 November (9.30am-5.30pm)

We are exploring ideas for events and activities that will allow the public to get the most out of the Townscape Heritage scheme. We would like to offer activities, lectures, tours and workshops that appeal to the community, including courses in traditional building skills. 

This event will give people the opportunity to share ideas on the types of things they would like us to include in the project and the things they would like to be involved in. Activities which have been identified for further investigation during project launch/consultations include:

  • heritage construction related training
  • expansion of Blue Plaque Scheme
  • restoration of the inscription on the foundation stone for the first house in Seaham and possible re-siting in context with the property it relates to.
  • creation of a heritage/cultural quarter at the lower end of Church Street
  • re-siting of the Brothers (aka 'Leaning Post') sculpture to open up the area at South Crescent
  • Seaham Sea Glass Art Project
  • Postcards from Seaham
  • removal of planter on Church Street to improve the view up to the Grade II Listed church

Have your say

The closing date for responses was 30 November 2018.

What happens next?

Following the events, we will incorporating comments and suggestions into the application and updating the Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan. We will continue to keep residents informed and involved at all stages of this scheme.

Contact us
Seaham Townscape Heritage Project
Project officer
03000 262 007
Our address is:
  • Regeneration and Local Services
  • Green Lane
  • Spennymoor
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL16 6JQ
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