What is a Conservation Area?
Conservation Areas are neighbourhoods that are recognised as having special qualities that should be particularly looked after. Often the spaces between the buildings are more significant than the buildings themselves. This would include the roads and footpaths, the trees and greenery, the lamp posts and the garden walls.
When considering proposals for a development or building works that are within a conservation area, the Council has a legal duty ensure its preservation and enhancement; this has a major influence on how planning applications are determined. Proposals for development nearby can have a damaging effect on a conservation area because it would bring changes to the setting.
The Council has to consult widely on all schemes affecting the historic environment and it takes fully into account all representations received. For many years it has used a special Conservation Areas Advisory Committee to guide its decisions on all conservation matters. The comments from this group are considered by the planning officers and passed to the Planning Committee before decisions are reached.
For further information on Conservation Areas please read the guidance as set out on the English Heritage Website.
If you wish to have any further information in relation to our Conservation Areas then please complete our enquiry form and we will aim to reply within 3-5 working days
Conservation Area Designations
Among the duties of the council, it should consider all parts of the city to see if any have special qualities that make them suitable to be conservation areas. Once they are officially designated, it is the council's duty to see that their special qualities are ‘preserved and enhanced' by any development work that might take place. Information on how conservation areas are designated and the conservation area appraisal process can be found online.
Conservation Area Article 4 Directions
Article 4 Directions can apply to selected houses within conservation areas in order to give protection from potential harmful development of unlisted buildings. The provision of such a direction is given under the Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, and withdraws certain permitted development rights, such as removal of timber windows, doors, chimneys and painting of previously unpainted brickwork. The directions are only in place where it is considered desirable to preserve or reinstate original building features in order to maintain and enhance the historic and architectural character of a conservation area. Householders in areas affected by an Article 4 direction need to apply for planning permission to undertake such work.
No fee needs be paid where an application for planning permission is required as a result of an Article 4 Direction in a conservation area.
Article 4 areas in Worcester
There is currently one Article 4 Direction in place which relates to York Place in the Britannia Square Conservation Area.
Draft Article 4 Guidance Notes have been produced for York Place and are currently being consulted on with residents.