Conservation Areas

Planning permission

You may need planning permission to carry out works if you live in a Conservation Area.

Check if your property is in a Conservation Area using the planning search map

Conservation Areas are defined as areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. If your property is within a Conservation Area you may need Planning Permission for some works which would otherwise not need permission. This may include demolition of buildings and boundary walls, and alterations or additions such as side extensions and satellite dishes.

Trees in conservation areas have protection even if they don't have a Tree preservation orders (TPO's)

Please seek advice from the Duty Planner.

Conservation Area Appraisals

Conservation Area Appraisals describe the character and significance of Conservation Areas and give recommendations for their conservation and enhancement.

Twenty-two appraisals have been adopted. The appraisals are in different formats according to their adoption period: 1999-2000, 2005-2008, 2011, and 2018. There is a programme in place for updating them and preparing new appraisals. 

All of our appraisals are available for inspection at our offices in Cambourne. Copies have been sent local Parish Councils and are available in local libraries.

Please email us for more information or to discuss a specific appraisal.

Supporting key documents:

District Design Guide:

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