Instead of protecting an individual building, a conservation area seeks to preserve the character of a whole area
Designation as a conservation area strengthens controls over demolitions, minor developments and protection of trees.
It also means that new developments must be appropriately designed, including using traditional natural materials.
The objective of these measures is to preserve and enhance the special interest of the place. The intention isn't to stifle change, but to positively manage these unique areas.
If you live in a conservation area, you will need planning permission for demolishing the following:
Consult our Building Control section for more information on demolition notices.
It's against the law to carry out works to a tree in a conservation area without notifying us first.
You can apply to do so via the Planning Portal giving us at least six weeks' notice.
Conservation areas can be found using our interactive map.
For further information on conservation in the district, you can read our conservation area appraisals .