Bulwell Town Centre Conservation Area

Nottingham City Council is considering making a new Conservation Area in Bulwell which will include the town centre and its immediate surroundings and they would like to know what local people think of the proposals.  Conservation Areas are parts of the city that are special because of their history and architecture.

As a market town, Bulwell has a distinctive identity and long history which is worthy of being recognised and celebrated. The town centre still has its historic street pattern and market, its attractive relationship with the River Leen and many of its historic buildings. The use of locally quarried BulwellStone is a particularly distinctive feature of the town which is used on a range of properties from churches and schools to small terraced houses.

Making a Conservation Area would help Nottingham City Council to protect and enhance Bulwell’s heritage. Conservation Area status would also allow the Council and other local groups to apply for grants from organisations like the Heritage Lottery Fund to repair and restore historic buildings and spaces in the town.

Within Conservation Areas, there are tighter controls on the work that can be done without planning permission. These restrictions can be summarised as follows:

  • Buildings and boundary walls/gates/railings within the area cannot be demolished without planning permission from the City Council.
  • Certain alterations to houses would now require formal planning permission. These include new dormer windows, all side extensions, all rear extensions over one storey high, chimneys, flues, soil and vent pipes on the front of a property, some outbuildings, cladding or rendering of exterior walls and satellite dishes on the front of a property.
  • Trees within the area may not be cut down, topped or lopped without 6 weeks written notice being given to the City Council.
  • Applications for planning permission in the area should ‘preserve or enhance’ the special character of the Conservation Area.
  • Following initial consultation events with residents and interested groups in the town, a draft boundary for the Conservation Area has been drawn. This boundary is shown by the red line on the attached map.

 A survey website has been set up where you can find out more about the proposals and provide your feedback:www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/BulwellConservation . Alternatively please e-mail your questions and comments to  Thomas.street@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or Mark Armstrong Mark.armstrong@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or write to

Development Management
Loxley House
Station Street

Nottingham City Council will also be holding an open consultation session where you can give your feedback and ask questions in person. This will be held in Interview Room 1 at the Bulwell Riverside centre on 8th June 2016 between 2pm and 7pm.

Please ensure that you provide us with your feedback before the consultation period ends on 16th June 2016