Conservation areas

Information about conservation areas in Redcar and Cleveland, conservation areas appraisals, and what to do if you want to carry out work within a conservation area.

What is a Conservation Area?

Conservation areas are important for their special architectural or historic interest.  

Our aim is to safeguard their special character by preserving 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 to manage development, control demolition and protect trees, wh​ich can help us achieve this aim. 

In many conservation 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.

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, with the Saltburn Conservation Area Appraisal updated in 2019. 

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.

Carrying out works to your property 

It is advisable to contact the Development Management Section to see if you need permission to carry out work within a conservation area.

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.

We have produce the guide to conservation areas document (available to download below) to provide information and guidance.

Who to contact about conservation areas

Please use the information below to contact the Development Management team in relation to conservation areas in Redcar and Cleveland. 

Development Management


​TS10 1RT

Tel: 01287 612344