The public are being invited to share their views on the future of Hull’s Old Town.
The historic area, home to Hull Minster, Trinity Square, the cobbled High Street and Beverley Gate, is a much-loved area of the city for both residents and visitors.
The picturesque and unique area has recently been used as the backdrops for films such as Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield.
Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for regeneration and economic investment, said: “We want to hear from people so that, together, we can continue to develop, regenerate and improve the Old Town.
“We’ve seen huge investment in the area in recent years, which has resulted in the arrival of many fantastic new businesses and modern, attractive accommodation. We are currently working on regenerating Whitefriargate, with millions of pounds of investment already secured from Historic England and the Humber LEP.
“The area has really become a place where people want to live, work and play – and it’s only going to get better.”
Hull City Council is seeking views and comments on two documents, a draft and updated conservation area character appraisal and a draft conservation area management plan, between 26 January and 9 March 2021.
Both draft documents can be viewed online for comment here.
A video, funded by Historic England through the Whitefriargate High Street Heritage Action Zone project, has been produced to accompany the consultation. You can watch the video here.
Craig Broadwith from Historic England said: “Through our Heritage Action Zone scheme, Historic England is focussed on making this historic part of the city an even more attractive and vibrant place for local people and visitors. I hope many local residents take this opportunity to get involved in helping to shape the future of this beautiful and historically rich place.”
The Old Town has undergone significant change in the last 15-20 years and that process of positive change is ongoing. The production of a new amalgamated character appraisal and separate management plan will assist in managing and protecting the special architectural and historic interest of the Old Town, in addition to supporting new funding initiatives for the revitalization of Whitefriargate and Silver Street.
[Michael Berriman – Hull City Council]