Conservation Areas are areas of special architectural interest. It is the character of the area as a whole rather than the quality of specific buildings that is important. The historic layout of roads, paths, gardens and trees all contribute to this special character. Hackney Council designates Conservation Areas in order to preserve and enhance the character and appearance of these historic areas.
How does being in a Conservation Area affect you?
Conservation Areas enjoy special protection under the law. Below are some of the key requirements for works in Conservation Areas:
• You will need planning permission to demolish a building in a conservation area. Hackney Council will seek to keep all buildings that make a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.
• You must give us six weeks notice in writing before any work is carried out to lop, top or fell a tree in a Conservation Area. You can contact the Council’s Tree Officer for advice and help.
• You will need to demonstrate that any development proposal preserves or enhances the character and appearance of a Conservation Area. Hackney Council has greater control over building work in conservation areas, including materials and detailed design.
• You may need to apply for planning permission for alterations or extensions that would not normally need planning permission, such as minor roof alterations, dormer windows or a satellite dish. If you are in any doubt about whether you need planning permission, you can contact the Duty Planner on 020 8356 8062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Hackney Council also has greater control over the erection of advertisements and signs. For instance, the Council has the power to control shop signs, posters or estate agents boards that would not normally need permission.