The Borough has a rich and varied heritage ranging from small eighteenth century farmsteads, Victorian villas and terraced dwellings, to large mill sites. General information on the heritage of the Blackburn with Darwen and the management of heritage is set out in the Heritage Strategy 2011-2016.
Buildings or sites (designated heritage assets) are listed because they have special architectural or historic interest. The listing is carried out by Historic England and forms part of the national Heritage list for England. The building or site is immediately protected by law and it is an offence to carry out any changes to it without having first received listed building consent. It may not be demolished or altered in any way that affects its character without the consent of the Council by listed building consent application.
There are approximately 200 listed buildings in the Borough, descriptions of listings can be downloaded from the from the National Heritage list.
Historic England provide further guidance on listed buildings including a database which provides access to up to date information on all nationally designated heritage assets.
Locally listed heritage assets
A local list of heritage assets is a separate list compiled by the local authority and are heritage assets of local significance which the Local Authority and the local community have decided have local heritage merit. These may include structures or buildings that make a positive contribution to the local historic environment of Blackburn with Darwen either by historic association, architectural value, townscape value or archaeological interest. A list is in the process of being prepared to date. No greater protection is afforded to buildings on a local list but have to be given material consideration if a planning application was submitted that affected them either through demolition or alteration.
A list of locally listed heritage assets has been prepared and can be accessed here:
Conservation Areas are designated historic areas that have special architectural or historic character.
The Council has a duty to protect the special character of conservation areas. Within a Conservation Area most buildings may not be demolished without the consent of the Council and trees are similarly protected. Stricter planning controls also apply for alterations and changes to buildings.
Buildings and structures are not individually listed as being of architectural or historic interest, but it is their group value and contribution to the overall architectural and historic character of the area that is important. Development proposals should therefore always have regard to the aim to preserve or enhance the character of the conservation area.
Plans showing the location and boundaries of each conservation area:
There are currently fourteen designated Conservation areas in the Borough, containing over 2000 individual properties:
|Corporation Park 1 and 2 ( combined into one area in 2015)
|Richmond Terrace/St John's
|Richmond Terrace Extension
|Darwen Town Centre
|Eanam Wharf Conservation Area
Carrying out work within a conservation area
The Council provides advice and consultation to local residents who are considering carrying out any works on property within a conservation area.
If you would like advice on carrying out works within a conservation area please contact us
Conservation area character appraisals and management plans
This series has been prepared on behalf of the Council to set out the historic character of each area and help inform development proposals to respect the historical context.
Public realm strategy
Blackburn Town Centre
Archaeology desk based assessment
Blackburn town centre
Within the Borough there are the remains of 6 scheduled ancient monuments, sites of national importance protected by law:
|Cheetham Close, Turton
||Stone Circle, ring cairn and two round cairns
|Pleasington Alum works
|Witton Hall, Witton
||Pre - 1544|
|Coking Ovens, Aushaw Moss
||Coking Ovens and works
|Steam Tramway Reversing Triangle
|Bottom o' the Knots Brow, Roman Road
As well as these scheduled sites, there are many other sites of archaeological interest within the Borough which are taken into account in relation to the Council’s day-to-day development management decision making. Historic sites such as mill sites for example may require an archaeological evaluation to be undertaken so that a full appreciation of the importance of the archaeological evidence can be obtained and an informed planning decision made. Archaeological consultation at an early stage of the planning of development schemes can help to avoid potential problems and the Borough Council supports and liaises with the work of the Lancashire Sites and Monuments Record based at Lancashire County Council for this purpose.
Contact details for further information
Please contact the Lancashire County Archaeology Service.