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Conservation areas

Conservation areas are "areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance".

Conservation areas are designated locally (by the council), but form part of our national heritage. Typically, they cover the older parts of towns and villages, which have historic characters that are important to conserve for present and future generations. There are currently 29 conservation areas in Craven (outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park). Their boundaries are shown on the proposals maps of the Craven District Local Plan, or on subsequent updates, which can be viewed on our Current local plan web-page.

If you would like to know whether or not a property falls within one of these conservation areas, please contact Planning Services. Information about conservation areas within the Yorkshire Dales National Park can be obtained from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Planning requirements are different in conservation areas, in recognition of their special historic or architectural interest, and permission is required for demolition, carrying out work on trees and for some small-scale proposals that would normally be 'permitted development'. Further information is available on the Conservation advice web-page.

Conservation area appraisals

Conservation area appraisals are studies used in the designation, monitoring and management of conservation areas. Each study provides details of the area's special interest, identifies potential threats and opportunities for enhancement, and helps to guide future actions and decisions. Appraisals are carried out according to guidance from Historic England (formerly English Heritage).

*Conservation area boundaries have changed since 2008. Updated maps are available on our Current local plan web-page.

Draft conservation area appraisals, 2016

The following draft appraisals have been accepted into the evidence base for the New local plan

The following draft assessment of potential new conservation areas has also been accepted into the New local plan evidence base and will help us to evaluate the likely effect of any development proposals on those areas.

The council intends to carry out public consultation on the draft conservation area appraisals and potential new conservation areas following submission of the New local plan.