No one would dispute that our Neighbourhood Area has a fine heritage.
Our beautiful landscape in the rural south-west of Newcastle-under-Lyme can be considered the jewel in the crown of the borough.
The Neighbourhood Area has 14 Sites of Biological Importance, two Biodiversity Alert Sites, one area of Special Scientific Interest and one Regionally Important Geological Site. Maer Hills is the largest Biodiversity Alert Site in Staffordshire.
Our historical and built heritage includes one Grade I listed building, seven Grade II* listed buildings and 55 Grade II listed buildings and structures, three Scheduled Ancient Monuments and one Registered Park and Garden, plus three conservation areas.
All combined, we have a rich natural, environmental and built heritage. And let us not forget our cultural and scientific heritage too, with such famous former residents as the Wedgwoods, or our frequent visitor Charles Darwin, who made his first observations of the action of earthworms on the soil at Maer Moss; or our social and economic heritage, deriving from the coming of the Grand Junction Railway in the 1830s.
Our landscape and built heritage is the subject of a report prepared in the summer of 2016 and for which we received technical assistance from consultants, under the terms of our government grant. The illustrated report, called Heritage and Character Assessment, describes our Neighbourhood Area’s historical development, geology, landscape and land use, its individual settlements, its views, and more. It also makes recommendations for managing change in the Neighbourhood Area so as to maintain its character and local distinctiveness.
You can read the Heritage and Character Assessment here.