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Conservation Areas in the Borough

This page contains details of what a conservation area is and the ones that are located within the Borough of Oadby and Wigston.

The first Conservation Area in England was first designated in 1967 and according to English Heritage, there are now over 8000. A conservation area can be defined as a tract of land that has been awarded a protected status, due to either its natural features, its cultural heritage or its ecological value, to ensure that it is protected for years to come.

Memorial Homes in Oadby 1The Borough of Oadby and Wigston has nine locally designated conservation areas and one sub regionally (Leicestershire County Council) designated conservation area. The areas designated for protection within the Borough are deemed to be particularly good examples of special architectural and historic interest, which are not only to be protected but enhanced also.

The legislation on Conservation Areas is contained in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. The act does define a conservation area as an 'area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve and enhance.' More information regarding conservation areas in England can be found on the English Heritage web site.

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Conservation Areas within the Borough

The ten designated conservation areas that lie within the Borough's boundary are listed (see left hand navigation bar). Each conservation area has its specific web page that provides far greater detail of each area, as well as photographs and its adopted conservation area appraisal. To view each specific web page, please see the left hand menu bar.

In September 2008 the Council adopted its Conservation Areas Supplementary Planning Document, which amalgamated each conservation area appraisal into one specific policy document.

Any proposals for development within the conservation areas in the Borough, should conform with this document.

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