Conservation Area: Your Questions Answered.

A conservation area is a place of special architectural or historic interest, which is considered worthy of protection. 

What does it mean to live in a conservation area? 

Living in a conservation area can make it more difficult to make changes to your home. You will be able to alter your home however, you will need to apply for planning permission for the smallest alterations. For example, replacing your doors and windows. 

Is a conservation area the same as AONB?


AONB stands for an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They are similar but are not the same. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is an area in the countryside in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This has been designated for conservation due to its significant landscape value. 

Is it worth living in a conservation zone? 

In addition, living in a conservation area is likely to increase the value of your home as your neighbourhood is very appealing and will stay that way. 

How many conservation areas are in the United Kingdom? 

There is an estimate of 10,000 conservation areas in England. 

Can you build in a conservation district?  

Permitted development rights may be restricted. So, you will have to apply for full planning permission. 

Can I change the exterior of my house?  

Permitted development allows you to alter the exterior of your home looks as long as you build with materials that match the property’s existing look. Furthermore, if you’d like to change your property exterior look completely you will need to apply for full planning permission. 

Who are responsible for conservation areas? 

Your local authority will be responsible for conservation areas in your town. 

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Permitted development allows you to alter the exterior of your home looks as long as you build with materials that match the property’s existing look. Furthermore, if you’d like to change your property exterior look completely you will need to apply for full planning permission.