Conservation areas

Conservation areas are designated as ‘areas of special historic and architectural interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve and enhance’. They are designated at a local level by the Local Authority.

There are seven conservation areas in the borough of Telford and Wrekin:

  • Edgmond
  • High Ercall
  • Horsehay and Spring Village
  • Newport
  • The Severn Gorge
  • Wellington
  • Wrockwardine.

View the conservation areas on our GIS map

To define why an area is of special historic or architectural interest the Government requires local planning authorities to undertake an appraisal for each conservation area.

View the conservation area appraisal page for appraisals on each conservation area within Telford and Wrekin's borough

Review of Wellington conservation area

The council is currently undertaking a review of Wellington conservation area and the consultation is open until 21 December 2021. View further information about the Wellington conservation area review.

View information about planning permission for certain works in conservation areas:

Within a conservation area you may need planning permission for certain works that you otherwise would not but you still have many ‘permitted development rights’ for some works, minor changes and extensions without consent. Even where permission is required, this does not necessarily mean that no alterations will be possible, but that we must take into account the overall historic character and appearance of the area when making planning decisions. We will always try to negotiate alternative solutions that meet your requirements but still respect the character of the area.

You can find out if you need planning permission on the Planning Portal or enquire through the Council’s pre-application advice service.

Visit the Planning Portal to apply for planning permission

View information on the services and applying for pre-application advice

The Council has also issued a Supplementary Planning Document for shop fronts and signage design guidance in conservation areas.

Download the Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD's) for shop fronts and signage design guidance in conservation areas

Planning permission is required to demolish, or demolish a substantial part of, certain buildings:

  • a detached building of over 115 cubic metres
  • a wall, gate or fence of more than 1m adjacent to a highway, or 2m elsewhere.

Visit the Planning Portal to apply for planning permission

Within the Severn Gorge Conservation Area, which is also a World Heritage Site, the Council has made an Article 4 Direction to give further control over minor changes that could affect its particularly outstanding historic character. 

View information about the World Heritage Site on the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site page.

View information on Article 4 Direction.

To carry out works to trees in a conservation area, including pruning, you will need to notify the Council six weeks in advance. This applies to any type of tree over a certain size. The six weeks gives the Council time to consider whether a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) needs to be made on the tree. 

View more information regarding works to trees in a conservation area.

Visit the Planning Portal to apply for planning permission

Last updated: 18/11/2021 11:32

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