Proposed Conservation Areas and Extensions

Possible conservation areas and extensions to existing conservation area boundaries

An initial review of possible parts of the Borough which could merit conservation area status (new and extensions to boundaries) has been undertaken as part of the Historic Environment Place-making Strategy. Each area has been surveyed to establish whether it has special architectural or historic interest. The overall boundaries have not been precisely considered but, generally, the history, architecture, buildings, layouts, streets and trees have been assessed.

At this stage the Council only wishes to understand if these approximate areas are worthy of further investigation. The main purpose is to assess whether or not a new conservation area could be designated or an existing conservation area boundary extended. If these areas can be seen to have demonstrably special architectural or historic interest then formal consultation will be undertaken.

Current status

If your property falls within a proposed conservation area or an extension to existing conservation area boundary it currently carries limited weight in the planning process as the area is not formally designated.  The Council will however give additional scrutiny from a heritage perspective to applications for significant changes in these areas to ensure that proposals for properties or structures do not obviously diminish consistency of character or loss of important features that reduce the area’s potential for conservation area status.

Next steps

Following recommendations in the Historic Environment Place-making Strategy, all the proposed conservation areas and extensions to existing conservation area boundaries will be programmed for review.

Formal public consultation on the proposed conservation areas and extensions to existing conservation area boundaries is necessary and will be undertaken. This provides an opportunity to test local resident, businesses and public support which is important if policies directed towards the preservation or enhancement of the character or appearance of the area are to succeed. Anyone can make representations.

List of possible conservation areas and extensions: