Local guidance

Shopfront design

The visual appeal of the town centre is critical to attracting visitors and retaining a vibrant business community.  The Civic Society was proud to produce Alnwick’s first Shopfront Design Guide, and we are proud to be associated with the development of a new guide. This is in line with national policy and it provides the Town Council and the Planning Authority with a set of clear criteria for assessing and determining applications for planning permission and listed building consent. It can be downloaded here.

Stonework repair

The society produced guides to Shopfront Design and Stonework Repair which were adopted by the former Alnwick District Council. We have recreated these, in digital form, and they can be downloaded: here.

Northumberland County Council Conservation Team

Northumberland County Council Conservation team can be contacted here.

For owners

Thinking of buying?

Are you thinking of buying one of Alnwick’s older buildings? There’s guidance from Historic England <here>, and you can join Alnwick Civic Society <here>.

Owning and living in a historic building

What it means to live in a conservation area. Conservation areas exist to protect the features that make a place special. Guidance from Historic England <here>.

What it means to live in a listed building. Listed buildings are considered nationally important and therefore have extra legal protection within the planning system. Guidance from Historic England <here>.

Climate action

Property owners will find guidance on energy efficiency and thermal upgrading of historic buildings <here>.