Planning applications in conservation areas

When considering an application for development in a conservation area, we have a responsibility to pay special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of the area. The application will be advertised in the local newspaper and a notice will be displayed on or near the site. The planning department will normally require fully detailed plans rather than dealing with applications in an outline form so that the effect of proposals can be properly assessed.

If new development is to be permitted, particular attention should be paid to its siting, scale, form, materials, finishes, detailing and landscaping. Contemporary designs will not necessarily be rejected in conservation areas, but they must be designed with great sympathy for the area, relating well to the surrounding buildings and spaces.  In the case of listed buildings additional special controls apply.

If you anticipate carrying out new development, alterations or extensions to existing buildings in conservation areas you are encouraged to employ the services of an experienced designer, with a good track record of working in sensitive environments and aware of local vernacular styles of architecture, as they will probably be best equipped for this sort of work and have experience of local authority requirements.

An application for conservation area consent can be made using The Planning Portal – Applications SectionOpens new window.

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