The statutory definition of a Conservation Area is "an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. This special character comes not only from the quality of its buildings, but also their relationship to each other and with open spaces, views into and out of the area, street patterns and features, trees, archaeology and historic landscapes.
Conservation Area designation should enable the proper management of change in historic places, not preserve them in time or stifle new development.
Certain responsibilities are placed on those who live, work or own property in a Conservation Area, and on the District Council:
- In many cases you must apply for approval to extend or demolish all or a significant part of your property.
- You must notify the District Council if you wish to undertake pruning works or fell a tree.
- Proposals for new development, signs and advertisements will need to be sensitive to their surroundings.
- Extra planning controls apply to some building works.