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Conservation areas

What is a conservation area?

Conservation areas are those of "special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance". It is common for areas of historic towns and villages to be designated as conservation areas. These areas can vary greatly in size and character, but generally it is the appearance of the area, rather than individual buildings, that justifies the designation.

We are required to give "special attention" to those areas and their enhancement. One of the main purposes of designating a conservation area is to ensure that development proposals preserve and enhance the character of the area.

Conservation areas are a very important aspect of conserving the built environment.

For further information about conservation areas, please click on the headings below.