St Mary's Church on the East Cliff

St Mary's Church on the East Cliff, Grade I listed

Conservation areas were established under the Civic Amenities Act, 1967. There are nearly 10,000 conservation areas in England. A local planning authority will identify such areas of special architectural or historic interest which deserve careful management in order to control development and protect their character. There are eleven conservation areas in Whitby which bring many benefits and some responsiblities to homeownners and businesses:

  • Abbey Headlands
  • Historic core of the town on east side of the harbour
  • Church Street south from Grape Lane
  • Commercial centre of the town and west side of the harbour
  • Georgian development of St Hildas Terrace and Bagdale
  • Victorian West Cliff
  • Prospect Hill, Downdinner Hill and Airy Hill
  • Esk Terrace and Windsor Terrace
  • Whitby Pavillion and surroundings
  • Spittal Bridge and Whitehall
  • Harbour and associate land

Whitby Civic Society’s Conservation Group aims to monitor and highlight any issues regarding Whitby’s cultural heritage to ensure it is preserved and enhanced. 

In conservation areas it is intended to protect the quality and special interest of the area rather than specific buildings, for example boundaries, roads, vistas and viewpoints, trees and green features, street furniture, surfaces, building materials, the mix of different uses, and the design of shop fronts may all be taken into account when deciding whether an area has a particular special architectural or historic interest. We also strive to protect Whitby's cultural heritage in the parts of the town outside the conservation areas.

Detailed information may be found in our own publication, Whitby's Conservation Area, price £1 and at Scarborough Borough Council. 

Get Involved...

One of our current project aims to identify any buildings or features valued by local residents that do not presently have any protection in planning terms. Please let us know your ideas that may then be put to the local authority for inclusion on the Local Heritage List.