Search site

Conservation areas

About conservation areas

Conservation areas within the district

Planning controls within conservation areas

Article 4 directions

Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest. They are identified so we can protect them and make further improvements to their appearance.

About conservation areas

Areas of special architectural or historic interest are designated as conservation areas to help preserve and enhance them for future generations.

They might include areas of traditional housing, historic town centres or places with industrial heritage.

Conservation areas within the district

There are eleven conservation areas within the district. These are:

For each conservation area, a report called a character appraisal and management plan is produced. This defines and records what makes the conservation area special and suggests ways in which the area should be protected or improved.

Documents are reviewed and updated periodically to record changes. This process also provides the ideal opportunity to review the boundaries of existing conservation areas and, where appropriate, to propose amendments.

For details on the criteria for defining a conservation area, see the English Heritage website.

Planning controls within conservation areas

Enhancements to conservation areas are welcome but they must preserve the character of the area.

Planning permission is required for:

  • demolition
  • works to trees
  • proposals for new development, and
  • alterations to buildings.

If you want to carry out work to either your property or business premises and it is in a conservation area, please seek our advice first by visiting our development control pages.

Careful consideration is given to planning applications within conservation areas, which are protected by our local plan policies.

Article 4 directions

Article 4 directions remove the right to carry out certain types of permitted development. If you want to do work that is covered by an article 4 direction you will first need to apply for planning permission. Within the district there is one article 4 direction within a conservation area:



Page last updated: 16 March 2017
Powered by GOSS iCM