Conservation areas

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3. Protection and development in conservation areas

Any development must preserve or enhance the special historic character of the area. It should be complementary to the character of the area and make a positive contribution to the appearance of the area through siting, scale, design and use of materials. It would normally require the use of traditional materials such as single glazed timber windows, although there may be occasions where a contemporary design is suitable.

Further information about each particular conservation area is on the next page.

Legislation protects the areas to ensure that the special qualities and fabric of the designated area are not undermined by the loss or damage of important features or damaged by inappropriate, insensitive developments. Permitted development rights are more restricted in these areas.

Planning permission or demolition notification is required for any demolition in a conservation area of more than 50 cubic metres in size or for any wall, gate, fence or means of enclosure that is more than one metre high where abutting a highway, waterway or open space, or more than two metres high in any other case.

View our guide to applying for planning permission for more details.

Trees within a conservation area cannot be felled or pruned without consent.