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Greyfriars was one of the first three conservation areas in Leicester. It contains many of Leicester’s most important historic buildings and streets.

The area, now renamed Greyfriars conservation area, has come to worldwide attention following the discovery of remains of Richard III within the area. The discovery in 2012 has put Leicester, and specifically the Greyfriars area, on the tourist map as well as completely changing our understanding of the history and development of the area. It has raised the importance of the area from being locally interesting to internationally significant.

The Greyfriars conservation area was reviewed following the methodology suggested by English Heritage. Approval was granted for the extension of the boundary to the south of the area incorporating part of the Market Street conservation area.

The appraisal and management plan aims to define and record the special architectural and historical interest of the area, and present proposals and actions that seek to guide and manage future change, enhancement and preservation of the sites, including changes to the conservation area's boundary.

The appraisal and management plan was adopted in November 2014. Documents are available for downloading at the bottom of this page. Also available to download is a consultation statement, which provides a summary of public responses to the documents, and an update to the addresses contained within the conservation area.