Conservation Areas can be created where a local planning authority identifies an area of special architectural or historic interest, which deserves careful management to protect that character.
The first conservation areas were designated in 1967 under the Civic Amenities Act, and there are now nearly 10,000 in England.
Padiham Conservation Area was designated on 18th June 1975. The boundary of the Area subsequently extended 1981 and 1984 to include notable buildings on the periphery of the historic core that are strongly associated with the history and evolution of the town.
The Padiham Conservation Area Management Plan, formally adopted by the Council in June 2017, provides a detailed understanding of the significance and special qualities of the Conservation Area which incorporates the historic core of the town, and can be viewed by clicking here