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Conservation Areas

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Conservation Area Case Studies:

Old Chapel


Conservation areas are designated localities where buildings are deemed to be of special architectural or historic interest.

The aim of creating these conservation areas is to protect their unique identity.

Conservation Areas are determined by local authorities and in some cases Historic England.

Their existence gives local authorities added controls on alterations to properties even though they are not listed.

These more stringent conditions are most likely to affect work you wish to carry out to the outside of your building particularly where it falls within public view.

And they may well restrict work you can normally do without planning permission (permitted development), such as replacing a door or window or altering gutters and downpipes.

Depending on the type of alteration, Howie Architects can advise on the best planning strategy.

This may include seeking pre-application advice in order to get specific guidance from the local planners to help in developing the detailed design.

You can find out if you live in a conservation area by contacting your local authority.