Conservation Areas

All Local Planning Authorities are required to consider from time to time which parts of their 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.

Planning Controls

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.

New Building

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 area 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). 

Conservation areas in this area.
Conservation areas
Icon for pdf Old Town [1.06MB]
Icon for pdf Elm Close [2.02MB]
Icon for pdf Shardeloes Parkland [2.31MB]
Icon for pdf Weller Estate [2.13MB] - Formed by

- Part of The Drive
- Part of Highfield Close
- Green Lane and Grimsdells Lane

Icon for pdf Chalfont St Giles [1.84MB]
- Village Centre and field adjacent to Miltons Cottage
Chalfont St Peter
Icon for pdf The Firs Estate [2.03MB]
Icon for pdf Gold Hill East [2.07MB]
Icon for pdf North Park and part of Kingsway [2.2MB]
Icon for pdf Chenies & Latimer [1.49MB] [area joined in 1992]
- Chenies Bottom and Main village
- Latimer village, Latimer Park & land east of Flauden Road linking to Chenies Bottom
Icon for pdf Chesham [1.16MB] 
- Old Town, Town Centre and Pednor Road
Icon for pdf Chesham Bois [4.17MB]
- Bois Lane and Chesham Bois Common
Icon for pdf Cholesbury & Hawridge [2.1MB]
- Main villages 
Icon for pdf Coleshill [1.96MB]
- Village Road, Manor Way and Barracks Hill
Icon for pdf Great Missenden [1.14MB]
- High Street and surroundings
Icon for pdf Jordans [4.39MB]
- Old Jordans, part of Village surrounding The Green
Icon for pdf Little Missenden [1.88MB]
- Village centre
Icon for pdf Penn & Tylers Green [1.88MB]
- Village surrounding The Green and Church Road area
Icon for pdf Penn Street [2.11MB]
- Centre of village
Icon for pdf The Lee [3.78MB]
- Old Church and The Green