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Chester-le-Street Conservation Area


Chester-le-Street lies almost midway between Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne, with a population of around 24,000. Situated at the western edge of the River Wear flood plain and south of the Cong (or Cone) Burn, the original village stood on a slight rise.

The town centre straddles Front Street, a north/south continuation of Watling Street once a Roman road. Although some elements of its early history such as the parish church are still very evident today, the character of modern Chester-le-Street derives largely from the development which took place in the latter half of the 19th century.

The Chester-le-Street Conservation Area was designated in 2003 and amended in 2013.

Chester-le-Street Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Proposals

To ensure County Durham's conservation areas are properly managed, we produce Conservation Area Character Appraisal documents that will help raise awareness of their special character and interest. The Chester-le-Street Conservation Area Character Appraisal was formally approved by the Head of Planning and Assets on 11 December 2013 and recommends ways to improve and to manage change as well as providing an interesting history and snapshot of the area.

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Heritage, Landscape and Design
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