Mount stands as a beacon of good practice

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THE restoration of Bury Mount in Towcester has become part of a new guide for improving historic areas produced by English Heritage (EH).

The guide, Valuing Places; Good Practice in Conservation Areas, uses the restoration of the 11th century remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle as an example of good practice, alongside projects in Nottingham and east Northants.

The guides said the mount had been left to degenerate, but after being bought back into public ownership by South Northants Council and the West Northants Development Corporation, it had become a centrepiece for a wider regeneration and a way for attracting further investment.

Dr Anthony Streeten, EH regional director said conservation areas have a huge impact on quality of life and added: “The series of powerful case studies in this report will help local communities and decision makers learn from the approaches and successes achieved by others.”