Special controls in conservation areas
Conservation area status does not prevent new development. It does mean that we will expect any development to keep or strengthen the character of the area, and that means good design and sympathetic adaptation and conversion of existing buildings.
Planning applications for developments in conservation areas should give full details rather than an outline proposal. This way the full impact of the plans can be taken into account when we consider planning permission.
Conservation area consent is required for the total or substantial demolition of any unlisted building within the conservation area. Please talk to us first if you are considering demolishing any buildings in a conservation area.
*Please note: it is an offence to demolish any building within a conservation area without consent.
Under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 certain works are permitted without the need for planning approval and are known as permitted development.
More restrictions apply in conservation areas for extensions and alterations to houses and development on the land immediately surrounding the property, such as gardens and attached land.
As well as normal planning rules, the following actions need special planning approval if carried out in a conservation area:
- Using exterior cladding such as stone and artificial stone, timber, plastic or tiles
- Increasing the size of a home by altering or adding to the roof
- Extending the property by more than 50 cubic metres
- Building a property that is larger than 10 cubic metres (although smaller extensions and building properties of less than 10 cubic metres is allowed, with certain restrictions to the height and position)
- Work that is classed as permitted development might still need building regulations approval or, in the case of a listed building and its immediate surroundings, listed building consent.
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