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Conservation areas

Areas of special architectural or historic interest, which are designated locally by the Council, but form part of our national heritage

Conservation areas typically 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 Policies Map of the Craven Local Plan and on the Council's online mapping web-page.

Please contact us if you need confirmation as to whether or not a property falls within one of these conservation areas. 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 advice from Historic England (formerly English Heritage).

Conservation area boundaries have changed since 2008. Updated boundaries are shown on the Policies Map of the Craven Local Plan and on the Council's online mapping web-page.

Initial draft conservation area appraisals 2016

The Craven Conservation Areas Assessment Project 2016 was undertaken by the Council, Historic England and Alan Baxter Ltd. It adopted an innovative approach to the appraisal of conservation areas and had a particular focus on the role of appraisals in the statutory plan-making process. Draft appraisals produced by the project are included in the evidence base for the Craven Local Plan and can be downloaded below, along with an overarching introduction.

IMPORTANT: Documents produced by the Craven Conservation Areas Assessment Project are in electronic format and include interactive maps. In order to utilise the interactive maps, please download the documents onto your computer, tablet or smartphone and view them in a suitable PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat. The interactive maps are unlikely to work properly, if you view the documents in a web browser.

In addition, the project appraised and identified a number of potential new conservation areas. These draft appraisals are also included in the evidence base for the Craven Local Plan and are helpful in considering the likely impact of proposed development on the potential conservation areas identified.

Final draft conservation area appraisals 2023

The Council carried out public consultation on the initial draft conservation area appraisals 2016, above, from 19/10/20 to 14/12/20 and received over 100 responses, including several detailed submissions. The overall response was very positive with many statements of support, constructive suggestions and only a few objections. A summary of the main issues and outcomes from the public consultation is provided in a Statement of Community Engagement, which can be downloaded from the list, below.

The appraisal authors, Alan Baxter Ltd, have now prepared final draft conservation area appraisals for consideration and adoption by the Council's Policy Committee on 28th February 2023. These amended, updated and enhanced versions of the initial drafts take public comments on-board and have been prepared in consultation with the Council. Historic England has been kept apprised of progress.

The final drafts can be downloaded from the following list. They contain interactive maps, which are unlikely to work properly when viewed in a web browser. Instead, please download the documents onto your computer, tablet or smartphone and view them in a suitable PDF reader, such as Adobe Acrobat.

These draft documents were adopted by the Council's Policy Committee on 28th February 2023 and will be updated as soon as possible to reflect their adopted status. In the meantime, document titles will continue to say "Draft".