Each historic town or village has a character of its own. The identity of a place is the result of a mixture of landscape, building materials, building traditions and economic activity.
The local character gives people a feeling of belonging and community. The conservation of historic areas is not about restricting personal freedom. It is concerned with encouraging a local appreciation of the fabric, history and character of the area and above all of what makes it special.
We have a responsibility to identify areas with special architectural or historic interest. These places should be protected and improved. We designate places of such quality and character as conservation areas.
Conservation areas are not intended just to protect individual buildings. They also help to retain and develop the general character of the area. Building uses, materials, size/scale of buildings, street furniture, surfacing, spaces between buildings and traffic impact are important area wide issues. Local amenity and residents groups may sometimes address these.