Conservation Areas

The concept of conservation areas was introduced in England, Wales and Scotland by the Civic Amenities Act 1967.

Conservation area designation essentially controls the demolition of unlisted buildings over a certain size and works to protect trees, restricts permitted development rights on dwelling houses and tightens regulations on advertising. It also places a statutory duty on local planning authorities to pay special attention to preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of conservation areas while undertaking their planning duties.

Designating a conservation area should not be seen as an end in itself: we live in a changing world and for the historic environment to survive and continue to be cherished it needs to be positively managed. Our Berkhamsted Conservation Area Matters – be a Civic Watchman as part of the Berkhamsted Citizens – help protect our heritage.

Character Appraisal & Management Proposals