Planning and building
Conservation areas are designated areas considered to be of special architectural or historic interest.
The designation of a conservation area introduces special controls, including the requirement of a planning application to demolish any building or part of a building or to carry out works on protected trees.
There are 25 designated conservation areas in the Epping Forest district.
Great Stony School
Nazeing and South Roydon
Royal Gunpowder Factory
Special architectural and historic interest
Restrictions under Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 aim to ensure that the special architectural and historic interest of an area is retained.
If you live or work in a conservation area it is important to understand that it is not just another example of town planning jargon that need not concern you. In fact the opposite is true, conservation areas are of vital importance to the value of your home or business, and your enjoyment of its surroundings.
Additional planning restrictions
Additional restrictions apply in conservation areas. These are in addition to standard planning restrictions and listed building regulations.
If you live in a conservation area, you will need planning permission for the following works:
- Demolition of a building
- Two storey rear extension
- Side extension
- Cladding the exterior of a house with stone, artificial stone, pebble dash, render, timber, plastic or tiles
- Installation of dormer windows
If you are in any doubt about any of these restrictions check with the our Planning Team before carrying out any work.
Trees in conservation areas
All trees in a conservation area, with a stem diameter of 75mm or more, are protected by the Town & Country Planning Act 1990. The law requires that:
- Anyone proposing to cut down or carry out any work on any tree in a conservation area must give us 6 weeks notice of their intentions
- Work may only be undertaken if we do not object or the 6 weeks has expired
The Local Plan
Our existing Local Plan does, and the emerging new Local Plan will, include policies that deal specifically with development in a conservation area. In implementing these policies, we will try to ensure that any new development does not harm the character of the area, and that it should make a positive contribution to the area.
The objective of conservation area planning policies is to guide, rather than prevent change.
For more information
- Telephone: 01992 564358
- Email: ContactLB@eppingforestdc.gov.uk
- Write to us at:
Listed Buildings and Conservation, Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ