Conservation areas and locally listed assets

Conservation areas

Local planning authorities are obliged to designate as conservation areas any parts of their own area that are of special architectural or historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.

Local planning authorities also have a duty to review past designations from time to time to determine if any further parts of their area should be conservation areas.

Conservation area designation introduces a general control over the demolition of unlisted buildings and provides a basis for planning policies whose objective is to conserve all aspects of character or appearance, including landscape and public spaces, that define an area’s special interest.