What controls apply in a conservation area?

A number of special controls and requirements apply in conservation areas to protect their character:

  • Consent is needed to demolish buildings and other structures. Generally this will be resisted except where the proposed demolition would benefit the conservation area.
  • New development must be well designed and the use of traditional natural materials will normally be required.
  • New buildings, extensions and alterations must preserve or enhance the appearance of the Conservation Area.
  • If you want to carry out works to a tree you must notify the council's trees officer six weeks before the work is due to take place.
  • Permitted development, including external alterations to houses in conservation areas is restricted.


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