As Local Planning Authority, we are required to consider from time to time which parts of its area are "areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance", and to designate such areas as 'Conservation Areas.'
There is no standard specification for designating or reviewing Conservation Areas, which will be of many different kinds. The one common criterion is that the area must have special character that is of sufficient merit to be considered worthy of preservation or enhancement. "Special character" will probably be derived from a combination of some of the following features:
- the landform of the site;
- attractive groups of buildings exhibiting a unity of scale, material and/or density;
- a particular combination of land uses;
- a historic street pattern;
- open spaces such as village greens;
- enclosed areas such as market squares;
- trees, either individual specimens or in groups;
- features of archaeological interest or historical association etc.
In assessing the suitability for designation, the emphasis must be on the character of areas, rather than on individual buildings.
One way to protect such areas and their heritage is stricter planning controls. The Adopted Local Plan contains a range of policies for Conservation Areas. The stricter controls are needed to preserve and enhance the special character of an area. Permitted Development rights are also more restrictive in Conservation Areas (which are defined as Article 1(5) land in the General Permitted Development Order). More information is available here.
Demolition within a Conservation Area requires a grant of planning permission. The Planning Portal also contains guidance about when planning permission is required.
Protection for Trees
With certain exceptions, works should not be carried out to trees within Conservation Areas without first notifying us.
Stricter control in Conservation Areas does not mean that new buildings are not accepted. However, Development Plan policies need to be carefully followed, and it is advisable to seek advice before submitting an application.
The Conservation Areas in the District are listed below with links to the relevant Conservation Area leaflets (in each case the leaflet for Conservation Areas General Planning Controls and Policies is appended). These leaflets are also available for a small charge from the Planning Services Division.
|- Formed by|
- Part of The Drive
|- Village Centre and field adjacent to Miltons Cottage|
|Chalfont St Peter|
|[area joined in 1992]|
|- Chenies Bottom and Main village|
- Latimer village, Latimer Park & land east of Flauden Road linking to Chenies Bottom
|- Old Town, Town Centre and Pednor Road|
|- Bois Lane and Chesham Bois Common|
|- Main villages|
|- High Street and surroundings|
|- Old Jordans, part of Village surrounding The Green|
|- Village centre|
|- Village surrounding The Green and Church Road area|
|- Centre of village|
|- Old Church and The Green|