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Living in a conservation area

The objective of a conservation area is to preserve or enhance its special character and appearance. Conservation area designation gives us extra powers to preserve and enhance its character in the following ways:

  • extra power to manage certain types of development and demolition
  • the ability to carry out urgent works on vacant, unlisted buildings that have fallen into disrepair and to subsequently recover the cost of the works from the owner
  • protection for all trees - we must be given 6 weeks notice before any work is carried out on trees in a conservation area, and
  • greater control over advertisements and shop signs