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Conservation Areas Supplementary Planning Document

This page contains information about conservation areas within the Borough and includes several Conservation Areas Supplementary Planning Documents.

The Conservation Areas Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) provides policy guidance to ensure that the character and appearance of Borough Conservation Areas are maintained through effective management.

When a conservation area has been designated, it increases the Council's controls, with planning applications judged by their impact on the character and appearance of the area. Greater controls over the demolition of buildings and structures are imposed whilst the rights which owners have to do works to their properties without planning permission (known as 'permitted development rights') are reduced or can be taken away. Stricter controls are also exercised over the design of new buildings, and owners must give the Council six weeks notice of their intention to carry out works to trees. Planning applications affecting a Conservation Area must be advertised on site and in the local press to give people opportunity to comment.

Conservation Area Supplementary Planning Document Part 1 (PDF Document, 1.07 Mb)
Conservation Area Supplementary Planning Document Part 2 (PDF Document, 1.31 Mb)
Conservation Area Supplementary Planning Document Part 3 (PDF Document, 459.39 Kb)
Conservation Area Supplementary Planning Document Part 4 (PDF Document, 291.96 Kb)
Conservation Area Supplementary Planning Document Part 5 (PDF Document, 3.23 Mb)
Conservation Area Supplementary Planning Document Part 6 (PDF Document, 1004.91 Kb)

A Conservation Area is defined as an 'area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which is desirable to preserve or enhance'. Each of the Borough Council Conservation Areas have been reviewed and a character appraisal and development control guidance adopted which have informed the creation of the SPD. The Conservation Area Appraisals must be read in conjunction with the SPD.

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