Conservation area for Clay Cross town centre

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Part of a Derbyshire town has been designated a conservation area as part of a wider regeneration project.

The centre of Clay Cross has been given the status by North East Derbyshire District Council after a survey of its heritage and buildings.

Officials said landmarks like the former Victorian school and Clay Cross Hall and its grounds would now have enhanced protection from development.

In February a £22m retail and bus station development was begun.

Other structures included in the conservation area are the war memorial at St Bartholomew's Church and the cylindrical ventilation shafts above the railway tunnels.

Councillor Peter Riggott said: "Clay Cross has a long and proud heritage which was recognised in the study, which highlighted how the town has a strong sense of its own history and a unique identity.

"This new status now gives this heritage enhanced protection from future development - underlining that it is something we should all be proud of."

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