What is a Conservation Area (CA)?
Conservation Areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. They are primarily designated by Waverley under the provisions of Sections 69 and 70 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.
Designation of a CA covers all land within the CA and therefore planning control is directed at maintaining the special interest of the entire area, including the buildings, streetscene, uses and the relationship of these elements with open spaces and landscape.
CA designation enables the planning authority to ensure that the historic character and special interest, which attract people to live, work and visit the area, remain intact and that the development is of high architectural quality and in keeping with the area's existing character. The council has a duty to pay special attention when determining development proposals to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of a Conservation Area. This applies not only to developments within a conservation area, but also to nearby developments which could affect its setting.
Making changes in a Conservation Area
Greater control is exercised over development within Conservation Areas.
Works to trees within conservation areas, for example, require notification to us six weeks in advance of being carried out.
There are extra controls over the demolition of structures within conservation areas. Proposals for demolition may require planning permission on unlisted buildings in a Conservation Area. Further information can be found on Historic England's Conservation Area webpages.
Conservation Area Designation
Under Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, Waverley has a duty to determine from time to time which parts of the borough are areas of special architectural or historic interest.
Through the Conservation Area appraisal process, several of the Conservation Areas in the borough have had their boundaries amended. Please see the individual conservation area pages on the Conservation Areas in Waverley page for more details.
In November 2016, Dunsfold Aerodrome was suggested to Waverley as a possible area to be designated as a Conservation Area. An assessment was undertaken by Officers and a recommendation that the area should not be designated went to Executive on 6 June 2017. This was resolved by Council on 18 July 2017.
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