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Conservation Areas

Areas of special architectural or historic interest. They 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 proposals maps of the Craven District Local Plan, or on subsequent updates.

Download List of Conservation Areas

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).

Documents File size Date Uploaded
English Heritage Guidance on Conservation Area Appraisals 972.59 KB10/11/2017
Giggleswick Conservation Area Appraisal 2008 4.06 MB28/03/2018
Settle Conservation Area Appraisal 2008 4.27 MB28/03/2018
Skipton Conservation Areas Appraisal 2008 12.35 MB10/11/2017

Conservation area boundaries have changed since 2008. Updated maps are available on our Craven District Local Plan webpage.

Draft conservation area appraisals 2016

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

Draft Conservation Area Appraisals 2016 File size Date Uploaded
Burton in Lonsdale Draft Conservation Area Appraisal 2.21 MB10/11/2017
Carleton Draft Conservation Area Appraisal 2.72 MB10/11/2017
Cononley Draft Conservation Area Appraisal 2.17 MB10/11/2017
Cowling Draft Conservation Area Appraisal 2.69 MB10/11/2017
Introduction to Craven Conservation Area Appraisals 2.25 MB10/11/2017
Craven Potential Conservation Area Designations 5.29 MB28/03/2018
Eastby Draft Conservation Area Appraisal 2.28 MB10/11/2017
Farnhill Draft Conservation Area Appraisal 3.34 MB10/11/2017
Gargrave Draft Conservation Area Appraisal 3.18 MB10/11/2017
Ingleton Draft Conservation Area Appraisal 3.08 MB10/11/2017
Kildwick Draft Conservation Area Appraisal 2.9 MB10/11/2017
Kildwick Grange Draft Conservation Area Appraisal 1.93 MB10/11/2017
Lothersdale Draft Conservation Area Appraisal 2.09 MB10/11/2017
Low Bradley Draft Conservation Area Appraisal 2.27 MB10/11/2017
Settle-Carlisle Draft Conservation Area Appraisal 3.51 MB10/11/2017
Sutton Draft Conservation Area Appraisal 3.36 MB10/11/2017
Thornton-in-Craven Draft Conservation Area Appraisal 2.58 MB06/04/2018
007. Embsay CA Appraisal.pdf 1.83 MB26/04/2018


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.

Download Craven Potential Conservation Area Designations 2016

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.