Conservation areas exist to protect the special architectural and historic interest of a place. There are 7 conservation areas in the Borough, these are:
1971 (extended Oct 1980)
Horsehay and Spring Village
1970 (extended November 1976)
March 1981 (extended 2010)
Conservation area reviews and management plans
The Government requires a regular review of all Conservation Area Appraisals and the creation and regular review of Conservation Area Management Plans.
An appraisal and management plan has been adopted for Horsehay and Spring Village.
We have also done an appraisal to refresh the existing Severn Gorge conservation area.
The Council has issued a Supplementary Planning Document for Shop Fronts and Signage Design Guidance in Conservation Areas.
Additional planning controls
Within a conservation area extra controls are in place covering:
To demolish a building, or even parts of it needs planning permission. You will not need permission to:
- demolish a building which does not exceed 115 cubic metres
- take down any wall, gate or fence which is less than 1m high where abutting a highway or less than 2m high elsewhere.
You may need planning permission for building works which would normally be permitted elsewhere. More information can be found on the Planning Portal.
Within the Severn Gorge Conservation Area, we have introduced even tighter controls through the making of an Article 4 Direction to restrict permitted development.
If you propose to cut down or prune any tree, whether or not it is covered by a tree preservation order, you need to give six weeks prior notice to the Council, for more information please view the trees and hedgerows in conservation areas.
Further information on the management of conservation areas can be obtained from Historic England. In addition to the existing areas, we continue to research and identify other potential conservation areas.