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, which 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. 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.
You may find the Guide to Conservation Areas helpful.
Tel: 01287 612344