What is a Conservation Area?
Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.
Conservation areas are designated by the Council, normally after local consultation.
What does designation mean?
Designation is not designed to stop change but rather to make sure that change is managed so that the special character of the area and its setting is preserved or enhanced.
To do this the Council has extra controls within conservation areas:
Demolition – Conservation Area Consent is required to demolish buildings over 115m3 and other structures such as boundary walls.
New Development – New buildings, extensions and alterations should preserve or enhance the special character of the conservation area and its setting.
Minor development – In conservation areas permitted development rights are restricted. This means that planning permission is required for some works that normally wouldn’t need it, such as small extensions, dormer windows, cladding, some garden structures, satellite dishes and radio masts.
Advertisements – There is also greater control over advertisements and signs in terms of their size and type.
Works to trees – The Council must be notified six weeks prior to any proposed tree works. For more information see the tree management web page.