Local planning authorities have a duty under section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 to designate as conservation areas any 'areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance'. This means that when a conservation area is designated, the Council has recognised the area has a special character and identity which is worth protecting.
The special character of these areas does not come from the quality of their buildings alone. The historic layout of roads, paths and boundaries; characteristic building and paving materials; a particular 'mix' of building uses; public and private spaces such as gardens, parks and greens; and, trees and street furniture, all contribute. The emphasis within conservation areas is on ensuring local character is strengthened, not diminished, by change. Sensitive management of change is essential rather than no change at all. This is reflected in some extra planning controls and considerations being in place within conservation areas.
Historic England sets out information on conservation areas. Guidance on how conservation area are designated and what the implications are for residents living in a conservation area can be found here
The Council’s Planning Services
Before undertaking any works to your property or to trees within a conservation area, please check the position with the Council’s Planning Services. Unauthorised works to property or to trees could result in proceedings being taken against those involved.
Further information is available by telephoning the Duty Planner at 01623 457388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org