Small-town conservation

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Small-town conservation

English Heritage is to embark on a study of the economic effect of listing buildings and creating conservation areas in small towns. One of the first studies will centre on the Grade I listed 18th-century crescent at Buxton, Derbyshire. The idea, says Chris Green, chief executive of English Heritage, is to "persuade local and national politicians that conservation is not an optional extra with elitist connotations, but an essential element of social and economic policy, and entirely in accord with the idea of sustainability."