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Conservation areas


The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 requires local authorities to identify areas of special architectural or historic importance and designate them as conservation areas. Classification as a conservation area relates to the area's 'specialness' as judged against local and regional criteria rather than its national importance. Conservation areas provide broader protection than listing individual buildings as they do not simply focus on the buildings themselves. Trees, hedges, building materials, and the historic layout of roads and paths are among the factors included for protection. The first conservation areas were created in 1967 and there are now over 9000 in the UK.

Areas that are deemed to be of architectural importance have restrictions that may limit the extent and type of property development that can take place. It is important that all new developments are sympathetic to the special architectural and aesthetic qualities of the area, particularly in terms of scale, design, materials and space between buildings. This information layer displays the location of these designated areas which is particularly useful to property professionals during the planning application process.

Data providerFIND (via local authorities in Britain)
Sample of dataSample layered PDF
Coverage areaAll of Scotland, sporadic throughout England

Version date of datasetMarch 2017
Frequency of update cycleIrregular

Viewable in map windowYes
Viewable on map backgroundsFIND Map / OS Plan, Street
Viewable between scales1 - 1: 4 000

PrintableYes
Printable between scales 1 - 1: 4 000

ExportableNo
Export formats-
Maximum export size via internet-

Viewing£1 per 25 ha
PrintingFree

Period layer saved for viewing (without incurring further costs)12 months
Period print saved for (without incurring further costs)12 months

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