Conservation Areas

Guisborough Conservation Area
Guisborough Conservation Area
What is a Conservation Area?
The definition of a Conservation Area is: 'an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.' From: the Planning Act 1990

Conservation Areas are varied in character but they all contain buildings, structures or features of historic or architectural value, which combine to create a unique environment cherished by the local community.

They range from the largest: Saltburn - a Victorian planned seaside resort with impressive hotels and villas, the Valley Garden, Pier and Cliff Tramway to Moorsholm an ancient hilltop farming settlement that has gradually evolved and expanded over many centuries. There are 17 conservation areas in Redcar & Cleveland , two of which - Hutton and Staithes - are in the North York Moors National Park. The full list is given below.

Giving an area Conservation Area status helps us to safeguard its special character for future generations to appreciate.

Conservation Area Appraisals

There are 17 Conservation Areas within the Borough for which a programme of Conservation Area Appraisals for 15 of the 17 Conservation Areas has been undertaken. It should be noted that the Staithes and Hutton Lowcross Conservation Areas fall within the planning jurisdiction of the North York Moors National Park Authority).

These appraisal documents are intended to identify the special character of an area along with elements that are worthy of retention or enhancement as well as those elements that detract from the character. As part of the work to produce appraisals we take the opportunity to review conservation area boundaries and ensure they best represent areas of special character and historic interest.

As we aim to ensure we have up-to-date appraisals in place for conservation areas, these have been revisited and amended accordingly to ensure they reflect current circumstances. The appraisals provide the basis for making informed decisions in the positive management, protection and enhancement of conservation areas. By providing a framework these appraisals help to inform those proposing new development so that they may gain a greater understanding of the character of the area, as an integral consideration in the preparation of their proposals.

Planning Policies

We have a duty to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of each conservation area, under planning laws and the Councils own policies.

Our Conservation Policies are currently set out in the adopted Redcar & Cleveland Local Plan 2018. These are reinforced by advice from Central Government (currently set out in the National Planning Policy Framework) and direct advice by the Councils officers. Our aim is to preserve significant buildings, trees and open spaces in conservation areas and to ensure that any development maintains or improves the special character of those areas. The Council has powers under planning law, which can help us achieve this aim. They include powers to:
  • Manage development
  • Control demolition
  • Protect trees
  • Control advertisements
  • Carry out urgent work necessary to preserve any important historic building that has fallen into serious disrepair.
Extra protection for conservation areas In many areas special "Article 4 Directions" have been introduced to give extra protection. This means that in these areas even minor alterations, for example constructing a porch, replacing windows or re-roofing could require planning permission.

Trafalgar Terrace, Redcar
Trafalgar Terrace, Redcar

Carrying out works to your property Before you start any work on your property, it is advisable to contact the Development Management Section to see if you need any type of permission. Even if you don't, we can advise you about appropriate design and construction methods and discuss with you the types of building materials that are in keeping with your property.

You may find the following Guide to Conservation Areas helpful:

Development Management
Redcar & Cleveland House
Kirkleatham Street
TS10 1RT
Tel: 01287 612344

Conservation Areas in Redcar & Cleveland
  • Brotton - Centre of urbanised medieval settlement re-developed and expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries with large, 19th century industrial extension.

  • Coatham - Urbanised medieval fishing and farming village re-developed in the 18th and 19th centuries with a planned Victorian health resort extension.

  • Guisborough - Centre of urbanised, medieval, monastic, market town with later extensions. Re-developed and industrialised in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Hutton Lowcross - The attractive parkland setting of Hutton Hall, the Victorian mansion of Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease, together with other estate buildings and Home Farm. This conservation area is within the North York Moors National Park.

  • Kirkleatham - Group of high status 18th century estate buildings based on a manor house, with earlier archaeology in a parkland setting.

  • Liverton Village - Medieval green village, surrounding historic field system and detached parish church, re-developed in the 19th century.

  • Loftus - Urbanised medieval market town gradually re-developed in the 18th and 19th centuries and with a 19th century industrial extension.

  • Marske - The centre of an urbanised, medieval, farming, fishing and estate village incrementally re-developed in the 18th and 19th centuries, with 19th century industrial additions.

  • Moorsholm - Medieval moorland green village re-developed and expanded in the 19th century.

  • Ormesby Hall - Medieval manor house, church, parkland and suburbanised remains of settlement incrementally redeveloped in the 18th and 19th centuries.

  • Redcar - see under Coatham
  • Saltburn - Planned Victorian seaside town with remains of a much earlier fishing village.

  • Skelton - Centre of urbanised medieval market town and stronghold, incrementally re-developed in the 18th and 19th centuries, with industrial 19th century extension.

  • Skinningrove - Core of remains of medieval farming and fishing village, incrementally redeveloped, expanded and industrialised in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

  • Staithes (Cowbar) - Entire 18th century and earlier fishing village. This conservation area is within the North York Moors National Park.

  • Upleatham - Shrunken medieval settlement and surrounding fields, re-planned as an estate village in the late 19th century.

  • Wilton - Early-mid 19th century planned estate village and country house with a surrounding woodland and parkland setting.

  • Yearby - Semi-planned 18th century farming settlement on site of medieval village, with surrounding fields.

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