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Restrictions in Conservation Areas

Planning Restrictions in Conservation Areas

If you live in a conservation area, you will be restricted in the work you can carry out on your property. To find out more about planning restrictions in conservation areas, contact us at Kingsley Smith Solicitors and speak to a legal expert about your options.

Planning restrictions in conservation areas – what you need to know

Conservation areas are intended to safeguard the environmental or architectural interest of a place. These areas are legally protected against undesirable changes.

This has significant implications for those living within conservation areas, as any constructions or modifications to a property are subject to rigorous planning controls. It is essential that you understand planning restrictions in conservation areas before work begins, or you may breach the regulations, for which you will be held accountable.

If you are not sure whether or not you live in a conservation area, you either need to ask your Local Planning Authority or a planning lawyer.

If you live in a conservation area, you will be restricted in the work you can carry out on your property. To find out more about planning restrictions in conservation areas, contact us at Kingsley Smith Solicitors and speak to a legal expert about your options.

Planning restrictions in conservation areas – expert advice

Planning restrictions in conservation areas are particularly focussed upon projects that affect the outside of a property. For example, you will need to obtain planning permission for the demolition of buildings, gates, fences, walls and railings.

Additionally, if your property is subject to Article 4 Directions, you will not enjoy permitted development rights. This means you will need to seek permission to make alterations to your home, including building extensions, replacing windows and constructing outbuildings.

A planning lawyer will be able to advise you further, explaining whether you are subject to planning restrictions, and if so, how to obtain consent.

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