Development in conservation areas

To preserve the character of conservation areas there are strengthened controls, and these restrictions apply:

Property Alterations - You may need permission before building or making alterations such as cladding, inserting windows, installing satellite dishes and solar panels, adding conservatories or other extensions, laying paving or building walls. 

Trees - If you are thinking of cutting down a tree or doing any pruning work you must notify us 6 weeks in advance. This is to give us time to assess the contribution the tree makes to the character of the conservation area and decide whether to make a Tree Preservation Order.

Demolition or substantial demolition of a building in a conservation area will usually require permission.

New development will be permitted only if it is considered to enhance or preserve the character and appearance of the area. Proposals for new development should be submitted as full, not outline applications. They must include a design statement explaining and justifying the proposals, and drawings showing the scheme in its context, such as a street scene elevation.

Conservation is not the same as preservation. It allows some controlled changes to promote the viable use of buildings in conservation areas. If a building contributes to the character of the conservation area, the council will wish to see it retained and maintained and will resist proposals for re-development and refuse applications for demolition. There will be cases where a building of poor quality, which contributes little to, or even detracts from, the character of the area is proposed for demolition. Where this is agreed and an application for appropriate new development of the site is approved, the demolition and re-development applications will be processed together and their approvals linked by condition.

Any proposals for development or demolition in conservation areas (or development affecting a listed building) should be discussed with us before starting any work. The council operates a pre application service to give advice to customers before a formal application is made.