Conservation areas are places of special architectural or historic interest that we want to preserve and enhance. In these areas there may be extra planning controls to protect the local character.
General guidance on planning permission is available on the government's
Planning Portal and in the
planning advice section of our website.
Find out if you live in a conservation area
You can find out if you live in a conservation area by:
List of conservation areas
You can view the documentation and guidance we produce about each conservation area in our
conservation areas list.
Planning permission for specific alterations
In the John Innes Merton Park and Wilton Crescent conservation areas, you will need to apply for planning permission to make the changes outlined in these directions:
If you have a question about a conservation area, please contact:
020 8545 3777
Our conservation role
We review and monitor the boundaries of existing conservation areas and assess new areas for potential conservation status.
When we assess the character of a potential conservation area, we look at:
- the history, archaeology and origins of the area
- the architecture and age of the buildings
- street patterns and the layout of property boundaries
- the use or mixed of uses of the area
- possible threats to the existing character
- the quality of trees or other vegetation
- the character and hierarchy of spaces