From its foundation the Society has set itself a broad agenda and has pursued the linked objectives of seeking the preservation of ancient monuments and buildings and of trying to raise the quality of new development.

It secured the future of the amphitheatre through campaigning at a national level and buying part of its site, and also prevented the demolition of the ‘Bluebell’ Inn in Northgate Street. Members  of the Society sit on Cheshire West and Chester’s Conservation Area Advisory Panel, and we aim to comment on major planning proposals that come to our notice.

In modern terms, our objectives in the field of conservation are:

  • The recognition, preservation and enhancement of archaeological sites, landscapes and historic buildings in their settings as evidence for, and illustrations of, past ways of life, for their aesthetic and communal value, and for their contribution to local distinctiveness;
  • High-quality new buildings and spaces that respond to local character and history, make their own positive contribution to it, and create attractive and comfortable places to live, work and visit;
  • Flourishing town centres that are at the heart of mixed communities;
  • The maintenance of Green Belt and other green spaces that contribute to the setting and special character of historic towns and limit the sprawl of built-up areas.

We consider that these objectives are consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework and English Heritage’s Conservation Principles.

These objectives cannot be secured without appropriately qualified, trained and experienced professionals, and we will therefore also campaign for the maintenance and development of local expertise.

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Click here to download the Review of the Commonhall Street Development
Click here to read Chester Archaeological Society’s comments on this review

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Click here to download The Chester Heritage and Visual Arts Strategy, January 2017
Click here to read Chester Archaeological Society’s comments on this strategy