Conservation Area Consent:

Development in Conservation Areas is more strictly controlled than elsewhere, the intention being not to prevent change but to ensure that the main features of the area are conserved and that new development is sympathetic in character. Therefore, only detailed plans and not outline applications will normally be considered for new development in Conservation Areas.

The designation of Conservation Areas is normally a result of a special architectural or historic interest in an area. The special character of these areas is not just made up of buildings; it is also defined by other features which contribute to particular views and local characteristics, including:

  • the way roads, paths and boundaries are formed
  • characteristic building and paving materials
  • the way buildings are used
  • public and private spaces, such as gardens, parks and greens  and
  • trees and street furniture.

Undertaking work which requires Conservation Area Consent, without having first obtained that Consent, is a criminal offence and could result in prosecution. Planning Authorities can insist that any work undertaken without Conservation Area Consent is reversed. Consent can be applied for retrospectively but there is no guarantee that this will be given and prosecution may still take place.

KVA Planning Consultancy can guide you through this complex area of planning regulations in order to achieve planning approval within a Conservation Area.

Contact us for an initial discussion regarding any Conservation related query.


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