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What is a conservation area?

These are areas of towns, cities and villages which are considered have special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. Once designated, there are some stricter limits on work that can be done without planning permission compared in comparison with other areas - for example, some house extensions will need planning permission that would be “permitted development” elsewhere.

When a planning application is submitted, in dealing with it the planning authority is required to pay special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of the area.

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