Shall we apply for a conservation area for the whole Parish?
We will have a public meeting in the New Year to see what people think.
Attached are some notes that demystify conservation areas and, with a bit of luck, lay to rest potential concerns but I realise that there are pros and cons and we want to consult as widely as possible before final decisions are made.
It will be for you to decide whether the restrictions on what you can do with your property or the need to seek permission that you would not normally need to seek is worth it. Let me have your views: email@example.com
If we decided to seek conservation status it is perhaps a chance to develop an overall plan in relation to nature conservation and other issues such as:
A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance (Section 69 of The 1990 Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act).
Permitted development (PD) rights are slightly different in conservation areas compared to other areas. This means that you need to make planning applications for some forms of development which would not need such applications outside conservation areas. For example: