A conservation area is formally defined as:

"An area of special architectural or historic interest, the character of which is desirable to preserve or enhance"

The area will usually constitute the 'historic core' of an area. The area will likely contain a number of listed buildings, which each have their own protection.

Most buildings within a conservation area may be unlisted, but are still important. They provide the setting for listed buildings, and may enclose interesting spaces - or form a group - in their own right.

For more information about listed buildings and conservation areas, please refer to our third party Heritage resources.