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Bishop Auckland Conservation Area


To ensure the county's conservation areas are properly managed, we produce Conservation Area Character Appraisals that help raise awareness of their special character and interest. This page has details of proposals for Bishop Auckland Conservation Area.

About Bishop Auckland

Bishop Auckland stands in an elevated position above the River Wear on a natural ridge. It is approximately 18 km south west of Durham city. The Conservation Area is centred upon the impressive Grade I listed Auckland Castle and grounds which has been associated with the Bishops of Durham since the 12th century. The town has a strong commercial and retail core and the dominant surrounding development is residential, the majority of which is to the south of the town centre.

The Conservation Area was originally designated in 1969 and reviewed and amended in 1990 and 2014.

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Heritage, Landscape and Design
03000 267 146
Our address is:
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
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