New Builds in Heritage Conservation Areas
Conservation areas are areas in which their history and elements such as pattern of subdivision, building style and siting, landscaping and streetscape create a cohesive sense of place that is worth protecting. Within conservation areas there is a focus on the protection of the external envelope of buildings, gardens, and structures.
Conservation areas generally recognise that many buildings have significant heritage value and are expected to be retained, while other buildings are not expected to be retained as they may be of little heritage value. An interesting dilemma arises when you have the only unattractive house in a conservation area. Even if you are given permission to demolish. How are you restricted when it comes to a new build?
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