berwick-upon-tweed regeneration strategy

A study of the historic nature of Berwick Old Town and the adjoining historic riverside communities at Tweedmouth and Spittal focused on the sensitivities of place to change.

 

Examined urban relationships that define the particular historic and archaeological significance, taking into consideration designations, character appraisals and design guidance.

 

Further detailed analysis informed Design Briefs for each of the identified regeneration sites and addressed key findings:

  • the 16th century fortifications in Berwick Old Town are amongst the finest in Britain and of immense historical significance

  • within the conservation areas of Berwick Town, Spittal and Tweedmouth, there are a wealth of nationally significant historic buildings and structures, listed buildings and Scheduled Monuments

  • identified opportunities for intervention in and enhancement of the historic urban landscape, subject to a number of considerations:

    • avoiding impacts to archaeological remains that are likely to merit a presumption in favour of in situ preservation

    • appropriate animation and development restrictions in height and scale of new development

    • careful implementation of design guidance for the walled town, as described in conservation areas assessments, management plans and in design briefs

    • maximise the attractiveness and activity of the town centre for businesses, residents and visitors through better interpretation and promotion of the town’s archaeological, built and maritime heritage assets.