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Living Within a Conservation Area

What are the planning implications of living within a Conservation Area?

The Conservation Area designation recognises that the character of the area is worthy of being preserved and enhanced. Consequently there are different or tighter planning controls and obligations in respect of new development, publicity, demolition and alterations, work to trees, advertisements and general enhancement.

New Development in a Conservation Area

Conservation Area status does not preclude new development. When considering proposals for new development in a Conservation Area, the Council will aim to retain and enhance the character of the area. This may well be assisted by new development of good design, or by the sympathetic conversion and adaptation of existing buildings. It is the quality of design and layout that is important. New development is necessary to ensure settlements do not become stale and decline.

Highway works in a Conservation Area

The type of materials and details of highway works (such as kerbs and paving) in Conservation Areas, can affect the character of the area. The Council will endeavour to liaise with the Highway Authority (Northamptonshire County Council) on the use of special materials in Conservation Areas where appropriate.

Last Updated:  24/01/2014