Advice for Residents in a Conservation Area
Conservation Areas are areas identified as having special architectural or historic interest. A conservation area can protect against alterations to properties and also against damage to trees.
One of the most important effects of being in a conservation area is the greater emphasis placed on design. We are required to pay "special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of that area" when considering planning applications.
This does not mean that things will never change. What it does mean is that new developments must respect the character of the area. New buildings will usually be similar to existing structures.
Living in a conservation area does not impose many extra planning controls. There are however some instances where permission may be required:
- Some larger extensions to houses
- Putting up large buildings in the garden
- Roof dormers usually require planning permission on houses within Conservation Areas
- Satellite Dishes require planning permission if they are to be mounted on a chimney, on an elevation facing a highway, or on buildings more than 15 metres in height.
- External wall claddings require planning permission.
Another aspect of living in a conservation area is the control over demolition.
A special permission called 'conservation area consent' is required for the complete (or substantial) demolition of most buildings, walls and fences.
Advertisement Consent is required for the display of many signs within a Conservation Area. Trees within a conservation area are also protected and you must notify our tree officer if you intend to do any work to one.
We have a list of thethat you can download. For more detailed information about each of the conservation areas please visit the conservation areas page .