Central conservation area

promenade, shopping

Designated by Gloucestershire County Council in May 1973, the conservation area boundary was extended by Cheltenham Borough Council on 14 August 1987. It covers around 599 hectares.

Character summary

The central conservation area includes the whole of the town centre, most of the Victorian, Edwardian and some of the later 20th century suburbs. It covers commercial, industrial, retail and residential areas, as well as the university campus complexes, some extensive school campuses and the hospital complex.

Due to the size of the central conservation area, it has been split into 19 character areas in order to effectively analyse its diverse character. A character appraisal and management plan (SPD) has been adopted for each of these character areas. The appraisal outlines the special character that warrants its designation as a conservation area and the management plan provides a framework for future development control and enhancement of the area.

View a map of Cheltenham's central conservation area.