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Conservation Areas

 

About Conservation Areas

Conservation Areas are defined as areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. If your property is within a Conservation Area you may need Planning Permission for some works which would otherwise not need permission. This may include demolition of buildings and boundary walls, and alterations or additions such as side extensions and satellite dishes.

Trees in conservation areas have protection even if they don't have a Tree preservation order (TPO)

Check if your property is in a Conservation Area by viewing the Cambridge City conservation areas list or South Cambridgeshire conservations areas list, or by using the South Cambridgeshire planning search map. If you are unsure if planning permission is needed, please seek advice from a Duty Planner.

 

What needs permission in a Conservation Area?

The special character of conservation areas means that the control of development is stricter than in other areas. This means that:

  • new buildings and the spaces around them must preserve or improve the character of the area
  • the siting, scale, height, form, details and building materials will all need to be carefully chosen
  • outline planning applications will not be accepted as it is not possible to judge if the new building will fit into its surroundings.

In Conservation Areas, permission is needed for activities on the list below. This is in addition to normal planning controls.

Demolition requires planning permission if it involves:

  • a building larger than 115 cubic metres in size
  • a fence, wall or railing higher than one metre where it adjoins a road, footpath or open space, or two metres elsewhere
  • more than 10 per cent or 500 cubic metres of an industrial building (previous demolitions count towards this).

House alterations require planning permission if they involve:

  • building an extension to the side of a home
  • building any structures, enclosures, pools or containers at the side of a home
  • building a rear extension of more than one storey
  • building a rear extension of greater than three metres depth for an attached house, or four metres for a detached property
  • cladding the outside of a house
  • materially adding to or altering the roof
  • putting a satellite dish or antenna on a chimney, roof slope or wall which faces onto, and is visible from, the highway; or on a building which is higher than 15m
  • installing, altering, or replacing a chimney, flue or soil vent pipe on a wall or roof slope which fronts a highway and is part of the main or side elevation of the house
  • installing solar photovoltaic (PV) or thermal equipment which would:
    • protrude more than 200 millimetres beyond the plane of the wall or the roof slope when measured from the perpendicular with the external surface of the wall or roof slope
    • result in the highest part of the solar PV or solar thermal equipment being higher than the highest part of the roof
    • be installed on a wall forming the main or side elevation of a house and which would be visible from a highway, or it would be on a wall of a building within the curtilage of a house and would be visible from the highway
    • be installed on a building within the curtilage of the dwellinghouse if the dwellinghouse is a listed building.


Tree works require permission if they involve felling or working on any tree that has a diameter of 75mm or more at a height of one and a half metres. You must give us at least six weeks’ notice of your intention to carry out the work.

Industrial building extensions need planning permission if the building is to be extended by more than 10 percent of its original size.

Controls over works by bodies such as gas and electricity suppliers are stronger in streets within conservation areas.

Illuminated signs need consent in conservation areas.

Guidance on the Heritage Information to be Submitted with Applications

We recommend you read our Listed Buildings Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and contact us for pre-application advice.

 

Article 4 Direction: The Accordia Estate

On 21 February 2014, the Council published an Article 4 Direction on the Accordia Estate. This means that certain works to dwellinghouses which are generally permitted development would now require a planning application. These works are:

  • The infill or enclosure of a recessed entrance or an open terrace area
  • Insertion of a new window opening
  • Removal of a projecting part of a dwelling house
  • The recladding of any part of a building in a material of a different type or appearance to the original
  • The provision within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse of a hard surface
  • The alteration or removal of a chimney
  • The erection or construction of a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure
  • The painting of the exterior of any building or work

The Article 4 Direction [PDF, 0.8MB] came into force on 23 February 2015.

 

Conservation Area Appraisals

Conservation Areas are designated through a formal process and the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 requires the Local Planning Authority to review these from time to time to ensure that the boundary is appropriate, and the text of the document is up to date.

Conservation Area Appraisals describe the character and significance of Conservation Areas and give recommendations for their conservation and enhancement. Where there is no existing Appraisal for a Conservation Area, the Conservation Area Appraisal will capture and record the character of the area. The Conservation Area Appraisals are periodically reviewed and updated, and we consult informally on any changes.

Cambridge City Council has 17 Conservation Areas all of which have appraisals. The Cambridge City Conservation Areas list shows the 17 Conservation Areas with accompanying Conservation Area Appraisals.

South Cambridgeshire District Council has 85 Conservation Areas, 22 of which have appraisals. The South Cambridgeshire Conservation Areas list shows the 22 Conservation Areas with accompanying Conservation Area Appraisals.

 

Cambridge City Conservation Areas

Cambridge City Council has 17 Conservation Areas, all of which have Conservation Area Appraisals, listed below.

Barrow Road conservation area

Barrow Road is off Trumpington Road and is the newest conservation area in Cambridge. Designated on the 28 June 2016, the conservation area boundary encompasses 1 to 47 Barrow Road and 1 and 2 Barrow Close.

Brooklands conservation area

Brooklands conservation area lies south of the botanic garden. Clarendon Road, Fitzwilliam Road, Shaftesbury Road and Brooklands Avenue form part of the boundary. The area also includes Brooklands House and Empty Common to the west. The conservation area was designated in May 2002. It was extended in June 2013 to include the Accordia estate. An article 4 direction covers Accordia. This allows the withdrawal of specified permitted development rights. The Accordia residents have produced a design guide.

Castle and Victoria Road conservation area

Originally designated as part of the Central conservation area in 1969 and extended in 1976 and 2012. The area was allocated as a separate conservation area in November 2018.

Central conservation area

The Central conservation area covers the historic core of the city, plus some of the important open spaces such as the college backs and Jesus Green.

The Central Conservation Area was designated on 25 February 1969 with many extensions over the following decades. Until 21 November 2018 it was the largest conservation area in Cambridge. On that date it was split into separate conservation areas, following the boundaries of the written appraisal areas and the previous extensions. The new conservation areas are Castle and Victoria Road, The Kite, Mill Road, New Town and Glisson Road, and Riverside and Stourbridge Common.

The Central conservation area appraisal is differently organised from the other appraisals. It has a breakdown of the individual streets in the historic core and their significance.

Chesterton conservation area

Chesterton conservation area covers the old part of Chesterton village around Chapel Lane, Church Street (including the recreation ground) and High Street.

The conservation area was designated on 25 February 1969 and extended on 23 June 2009.

Conduit Head Road conservation area

Conduit Head Road conservation area includes the distinctive 1930s buildings in their attractive gardens which stand along Conduit Head Road, and some buildings along Madingley Road. The conservation area was designated on 17 December 1984 and extended on 6 October 2009.

De Freville conservation area

De Freville conservation area abuts the Central conservation area north of the river Cam. It is based on the original De Freville Estate which was laid out in 1890, and includes older streets to the east up to and including part of Victoria Avenue.

The conservation area was designated on 3 March 2009.

Ferry Lane conservation area

Ferry Lane conservation area (previously called Water Street conservation area) is the smallest of the city's conservation areas. It includes the south west end of Water Street, and stretches south to the river. The Ferry Lane conservation area was designated on 25 February 1969 and extended on 23 June 2009.

The Kite conservation area

Originally designated as part of the Central conservation area in 1969 and extended in 1993 and 1997. The appraisal was reviewed in 2014. The area was allocated as a separate conservation area in November 2018.

Mill Road conservation area

Originally designated as part of the Central conservation area in 1969 and extended in 1993 and 2011. The area was allocated as a separate conservation area in 21 November 2018.

New Town and Glisson Road conservation area

Originally designated as part of the Central conservation area in 1969 and extended in 1975, 1980, 1991 and 2012. The area was allocated as a separate conservation area in November 2018.

Newnham Croft conservation area

Newnham Croft conservation area covers the streets south of Barton Road and east of Millington Road. The open space bordering the residential areas is also included.

The conservation area was designated on 8 June 1998. The appraisal was reviewed in 2012 and a revised version was approved in 2013.

Riverside and Stourbridge Common conservation area

Originally designated as part of the Central conservation area in 1969 and extended in 1993 and 2012. The area was allocated as a separate conservation area in November 2018.

Southacre conservation area

Southacre conservation area principally covers the large houses and gardens along Chaucer Road and Latham Road. It is bordered by the river Cam to the west and Trumpington Road to the east. The conservation area was designated in February 2000. The appraisal was reviewed in 2012 and a revised version was approved in 2013.

Storey’s Way conservation area

Storey’s Way conservation area covers the turn-of the-century houses on the south side of Storey’s Way and the Trinity Hall sports ground. The area was designated a conservation area on 17 December 1984. An appraisal was published, with an extended boundary, on 8 April 2008. The conservation area was reviewed again in 2017 and the appraisal updated to reflect the changes that have occurred in the area. The updated document was approved for publication in 2018.

Trumpington conservation area

Trumpington conservation area includes the historic part of the village around the church and Anstey Hall, and includes the north end of the High Street, Church Lane, Maris Lane and part of Grantchester Road. The Trumpington conservation area was designated on 25 February 1969 and extended on 2 July 1998. It has subsequently been extended on the 5 October 2010.

West Cambridge conservation area

West Cambridge conservation area lies to the west of the central conservation area.

It includes the large houses and colleges from Lady Margaret Road in the north, to Millington Road in the south. The boundary stretches as far west as the Emmanuel Sports Ground on Wilberforce Road. The conservation area was designated on 3 May 1972 and was extended on 17 December 1984. It has recently been extended again on 15 March 2011 with another addition on 9 May 2011. The last extension was to include Wolfson College, Barton Close and adjacent properties in Barton Road.

 

South Cambridgeshire Conservation Areas

South Cambridgeshire District Council has 85 Conservation Areas, 22 of which have Conservation Area Appraisals, listed below.

If your property is not in a Conservation Area on this list, you can check if your property is in a Conservation Area by using the South Cambridgeshire planning search map.

Baits Bite Lock

The Baits Bite Lock Conservation Area was the subject of a review in August 2005, when an appraisal of the area was prepared.

South Cambridgeshire District Council's Conservation Advisory Group and Portfolio Holder considered and agreed the appraisal report and the recommended changes to the Conservation Area boundaries on 26 April 2006.

The Council's Cabinet formally adopted the Baits Bite Lock Appraisal as Council Policy on 8 June 2006. This decision was ratified by Council on 22 June 2006.

Duxford Airfield

South Cambridgeshire District Council designated a Conservation Area at Duxford Airfield on 4 June 2007.

Prior to this, a thematic airfield survey carried out by English Heritage had identified the importance of Duxford as the finest and best preserved example of a Fighter Base, representative of a period up to 1945 in Britain, and with an exceptionally complete group of WWI buildings. The survey resulted in many buildings being listed by the Secretary of State in December 2005.

In 2006, an appraisal document of the Airfield was produced and this was presented to the Council's Conservation Advisory Group and Portfolio Holder at a meeting on 16 May 2007. Members supported both the Appraisal and Conservation Area boundary.

Following meetings with representatives of the Imperial War Museum, the Council's Cabinet considered the Duxford Airfield Conservation Area Appraisal at a meeting on 16 January 2008, but deferred a decision on the approval of the Appraisal as Council Policy.

Fen Ditton

The Fen Ditton Conservation Area was the subject of a review between November 2005 and January 2006, when an appraisal of the Conservation Area was carried out.

South Cambridgeshire District Council's Conservation Advisory Group and Portfolio Holder, at a meeting on 25 January 2006, accepted the Appraisal and the revisions to the boundaries with the exception that Stanbury Close be retained within the Conservation Area.

The Council's Cabinet met on 9 March 2006 and adopted the Fen Ditton Conservation Area Appraisal as Council policy. This decision was ratified by the Council on 23 March 2006.

Foxton

Foxton Conservation Area has been reviewed by Foxton Parish Council in collaboration with South Cambridgeshire District Council.

As a result, the review boundary changes have been approved and these are set out in the Appraisal document and maps below.

Fulbourn Village and Hospital

The Conservation Areas of Fulbourn were the subject of public consultation between October and December 2007 following the production of an Appraisal and a review of the boundaries.

South Cambridgeshire District Council's Portfolio Holder, at a meeting on 16 January 2008, approved changes to the Conservation Area boundary which involved linking and extending the two areas within the village along Pierce Lane, an extension at the west end to include Stonebridge Lane and other smaller revisions. The Fulbourn Conservation Area Appraisal was, on the same date, adopted as Council Policy.

Gamlingay

Grantchester

Great Shelford

South Cambridgeshire District Council has reviewed the Great Shelford Conservation Area. As a result of the review boundary changes have been approved and are set out in the appraisal documents below.

Changes were approved on the 12th September 2007 and at the same time the Appraisal documents were adopted as Council Policy.

Horningsea

The Horningsea Conservation boundaries were reviewed between November 2005 and January 2006, following an appraisal of the Conservation Area.

On 25 January 2006, South Cambridgeshire District Council's Conservation Advisory Group and Portfolio Holder considered and agreed the appraisal report which recommended that no changes be made to the Conservation Area boundaries.

The Council's Cabinet adopted the Horningsea Conservation Area Appraisal as Council Policy on 9 March 2006, and this decision was ratified by the Council on 23 March 2006.

Knapwell

Longstanton

The two Conservation Areas at Longstanton were the subject of a review in January 2005, when an Appraisal was carried out.

South Cambridgeshire District Council's Conservation Advisory Group and Portfolio Holder considered and agreed the Appraisal report and revisions to the Conservation Area boundaries on 20 July 2005.

The Cabinet approved the revised boundaries and adopted the Longstanton Conservation Area Appraisal as Council Policy on 8 September 2005. This decision was ratified by the Council on 22 September 2005.

Little Gransden

South Cambridgeshire District Council designated a Conservation Area in Little Gransden following the preparation of an Appraisal of the historic core of the village in November 2005.

The Council's Conservation Advisory Group and Portfolio Holder at a meeting on 25 January 2006 considered and agreed the appraisal report and the Conservation Area boundary.

The Council's Cabinet formally adopted the Little Gransden Conservation Area Appraisal as Council Policy on 9 March 2006. This decision was ratified by the Council on 23 March 2006.

Oakington

The Conservation Area at Oakington was the subject of a review in January 2005, when an appraisal was prepared.

South Cambridgeshire District Council's Conservation Advisory Group and Portfolio Holder considered and agreed the Appraisal report and revisions to the Conservation Area boundary on 20 July 2005.

The Cabinet approved the revised boundary and adopted the Oakington Conservation Area Appraisal as Council Policy on 8 September 2005. This decision was ratified by the Council on 22 September 2005.

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Papworth Everard

The Papworth Everard Conservation Area Appraisal (including a revised Conservation Area boundary) was adopted on 8 July 2011.

South Cambridgeshire District Council's Sustainability, Planning and Climate Change Portfolio Holder agreed to adopt the Conservation Area Appraisal as taken to a 8 July 2011 meeting.

Minor typographical or formatting corrections may be made to the Appraisal in future, but these will not affect the content of the Appraisal or the revised boundary.

Rampton

South Cambridgeshire District Council designated a Conservation Area in Rampton following the preparation of an Appraisal document for the historic core of the village in early 2005.

The Council's Conservation Advisory Group and Portfolio Holder considered and agreed the Appraisal report and Conservation Area boundary on 20 July 2005.

Subsequently the Cabinet discussed the matter at meetings on 8 September and 13 October 2005, and approved the Rampton Conservation Area boundary and adopted the Appraisal document as Council Policy. This decision was ratified by the Council on 27 October 2005.

Sawston

South Cambridgeshire District Council has reviewed the Sawston Conservation Area.

As a result of the review, boundary changes have been approved and these are set out in the Appraisal documents. 

The boundary changes were approved on the 12th September 2007 and at the same time the Appraisal documents were adopted as Council Policy.

Swavesey

The Swavesey Conservation Area was the subject of a review in February 2006 when an Appraisal of the area was prepared.

South Cambridgeshire District Council's Conservation Advisory Group and Portfolio Holder considered and agreed the Appraisal report and the recommended changes to the Conservation Area on 26 April 2006.

The Council's Cabinet formally adopted the Swavesey Conservation Area Appraisal as Council Policy on 8 June 2006. This decision was ratified by the Council on 22 June 2006.

Teversham

The Teversham Conservation Area was the subject of a review in February 2006 when an Appraisal of the area was prepared.

South Cambridgeshire District Council's Conservation Advisory Group and Portfolio Holder considered and agreed the appraisal report and the recommended changes to the Conservation Area boundaries on 26 April 2006.

The Council's Cabinet formally adopted the Teversham Conservation Area Appraisal as Council Policy on 8 June 2006. This decision was ratified by the Council on 22 June 2006.

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Westwick

The Westwick Conservation Area was the subject of a review in January 2005 when an Appraisal of the Conservation Area was prepared.


South Cambridgeshire District Council's Conservation Advisory Group and the Portfolio Holder considered and agreed the appraisal report and the enlargement of the Conservation Area on 20 July 2005.

The Cabinet approved the revised boundary and adopted the Westwick Conservation Area Appraisal as Council Policy on 8 September 2005. This decision was ratified by the Council on 22 September 2005.

Willingham

 

Conservation Area Appraisal consultations

Conservation Area Appraisals are reviewed periodically, with Draft Conservation Area Appraisals made available on our Conservation Area Appraisal Consultations webpage. Please visit this page to find out about current consultations.

We encourage the public to view the documentation and respond to our Draft Conservation Area Appraisal consultations so that views are taken into account before Conservation Areas boundaries and Management Plans are amended. 

 

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