Conservation Design Guidance

The City's designated Conservation Areas have special value for the community. They are visible links with our past and offer attractive contrasts to modern environments, and so it is important to ensure that when changes are necessary, they protect the special character of the area and bring about enhancements.

We have a duty to preserve and enhance the special historic character of Conservation Areas and this guidance note is intended to offer a quick reference guide to all aspects of development within Conservation Areas. It should be read in conjunction with the relevant planning policy and guidance documents, including the Design and Townscape Guide (SPD1) and Conservation Area Appraisals.


It is important that proposed alterations to properties in Conservation Areas are sympathetic to their character, and stricter design controls therefore apply. You may need one or more of the following types of permission from us before undertaking work to your property:

  • Planning Permission for development that materially affects the appearance or use of buildings or land including demolition works. Permitted Development Rights for some minor forms of development to houses may have been withdrawn through an Article 4 Direction (see below);
  • Listed Building Consent for external and internal works which affect the character of a Listed Building;
  • Consent to Display an Advertisement
  • Building Regulations Approval for structural work to buildings to ensure health and safety standards are met.
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