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Conservation areas are designated by the council as areas of special architectural or historic interest, whose character or appearance should be preserved or enhanced.
There are currently 28 conservation areas in Merton. For character assessments, design guides, maps and other documents follow the links below.
To find out if you need planning permission, and how to make a planning application, please see Planning Advice.
If you are preparing a planning application it is often a good idea to use our Pre-Application Advice Service, which includes conservation advice. There is a charge for this service.
If you have a specific technical question relating to conservation, you can contact a Conservation and Design Officer using the contact details below.
Design guides highlight the main architectural features and important qualities that contribute to the character of a conservation area. They provide guidance for good design practice and will be taken into consideration when planning applications are considered.
Character assessments justify the conservation area designation and define the features of interest that give each area a special character. The assessments also make a number of proposals which are aimed at either protecting the special character of the area, where it is seen to be under some threat, or enhancing the character of the area where there are opportunities to do so.
To see character assessments and design guides for a specific conservation area see the links above.
The council will review and monitor the boundaries of existing conservation areas through the preparation of character assessments. The council will also consider designating new conservation areas with reference to the following criteria:
London Borough of Merton
Merton Civic Centre
Telephone: 020 8545 3777
This page was last updated on Friday 1 July 2016