The town’s council is hope to list certain properties as ‘heritage assets’ to prevent them being re-developed.
Certain properties across Southwold are historically important yet lack protection because they are devoid of listed status or outside of conservation areas, putting them at risk of the voracious Southwold housing development market.
All this is set to change, however, as the council hopes to put forward plans to protect certain buildings. Craven Cottage and a thatched cottage in Pier Avenue, both of which were built as part of the arts and craft movement, are aimed to be defended, as well as Providence Cottage in South Green which has a traditional netting shed among its grounds. There has been a strong increase in the Southwold housing development sector in recent decades thanks to the town’s world-wide reputation as a beautiful holiday resort.