Conserving the Historic Heritage of Stranraer

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The conservation area in Stranraer has been updated to include Agnew Park and the Waterfront to the north and Hanover Street to the east.

This new designation means that more of Stranraer’s historic character will be protected for future generations. Our Council will continue to promote the care of the town’s historic environment and to further promote Stranraer as a District Centre and main settlement in the west of the region.

Being in a conservation area means that planning applications for any development that affect the character of the area will be advertised in the local press. Trees cannot be felled or lopped without prior written consent from the Council and controls on the demolition of buildings come in to force.

To protect the town’s character, permissions would also be needed for minor works taking place in the conservation area including the altering of doors and windows in dwelling houses, changing roofing materials, cladding or painting buildings and the erection of satellite dishes.

Councillor Colin Smyth, Chair of the Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee said:

“It is very important that we protect the historic character of Stranraer for future generations. I would urge people to visit to see if their home is in the conservation area, if it is then you can get advice from the area planning office at Sun Street, Stranraer or phone 030 33 33 3000 and ask for planning services.”

To see the revised conservation map, visit For further details on planning controls contact the planning services area office in Ashwood House, Sun Street, Stranraer

or phone 030 33 33 3000.