What is a Conservation Area?
Conservation areas have been in existence nationally since 1967 and current legislation under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 imposes a duty on the council to "from time to time determine which parts of their area are areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.."
Effects of Conservation Areas
The designation of a conservation area limits the amount and type of alterations and extensions, which can be undertaken without the need for planning permission. It also introduces control over work to trees and any demolition. Any application for development which affects the conservation area, either within or adjacent to it, will be given careful consideration by the Borough Council to determine how it would affect the character of the area. Each planning application for development within the conservation area will be advertised in the local press, and a notice will be displayed at the site. Anyone can make their views about the proposal known to the Borough Council, and all comments received will be taken into account.
Conservation area designation protects all trees within the boundary from topping, lopping or felling by requiring owners to give the Borough Council six weeks notice of their intention to carry out any such tree works. The Council will inspect the tree concerned and decide whether a Tree Preservation Order is merited to ensure the tree's long term future. For further advice on work to trees in conservation areas please contact the Environment department or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The following are designated as Conservation areas, information on these sites can be accessed through the links on the left:
- Attenborough Village
- Attenborough, Barratt Lane
- Beeston, St John's Grove
- Beeston West End
- Chilwell Cottage Grove
- Stapleford, Church Street
- Stapleford, Nottingham Road
Conservation Area Character Appraisals
The aim of conservation area character appraisals is to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of the designated area - and to provide a basis for making sustainable decisions about its future through the development of management proposals. Ideally, an appraisal should be prepared prior to designation; but, for many existing conservation areas, this will not have been done. Undertaking (or commissioning) an appraisal therefore offers an opportunity to re-assess the designated area and to evaluate and record its special interest. Involving the local community in that process is essential.
Please Note: advice in the published Conservation Area documents is temporary because of new Permitted Development Rights between 30th May 2013 and 30th May 2019. Please see the link to the Planning Portal for more information.