Protecting Redhill’s historic centre – have your say

Historic frontages on Station Road EastThe Council is consulting on its plan to designate a Conservation Area in the centre of Redhill, to protect the remaining Victorian and Edwardian buildings.

The proposed Conservation Area consists of parts of the High Street and Station Road around Maple Square.

This was the heart of the Victorian town, which grew up from the 1850s.

The oldest surviving building is the Baptist Chapel (next to NatWest), built in 1858 and already a listed building. Between the Chapel and Maple Square are more shops from the mid nineteenth century, built in a restrained classical style.

But most of the buildings in the proposed Conservation Area date from around 1900, and have more architectural details and flourishes. These including the handsome row of shops on Station Road East (pictured above) and the three ‘corner’ buildings on Maple Square (now Lloyds Bank, the Junction pub and  Thomas Cook).

All of these buildings can be best appreciated if you look above street level, as the modern shopfronts have obliterated the period details, and ignore the clutter of estate agents’ boards.

Creating a Conservation Area will help to conserve the historic and architectural interest still remaining and minimise further loss of character. It may also mean that money from central government, the lottery or other sources could be available for such things as shopfront improvement schemes.

Town centre developments in the 1970s and 1980s destroyed many of Redhill’s historic buildings. A Conservation Area designation would mean that any future developments would only be allowed if they protected or enhanced the town’s character. It could help today’s planners avoid the mistakes of yesterday’s.

Have your say

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2 Comments

  1. Jon Camden
    Posted Monday, 30 September 2013 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    I think the conservation area is a brilliant idea. What a pity we didn’t have one in the 1980s it might have stopped the destruction of Redhill! Absolutely essential that we protect what little we have left of the historic town centre.

  2. M Merchant
    Posted Monday, 29 September 2014 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    If we are talking about the above buildings in the picture ? I am sorry to say what is the point of saving them ? They are all with to let signs and run down and not cared for however the shops below are all low cost and takeaways with very poor signage , it is also a gathering place for less desirable people to gather due to the fast food places and the taxi rank .

    Maybe we should first look at the upkeep and who and what the buildings are let to ?

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