Conservation areas

A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character of which it is desirable to preserve and enhance.

Conservation area reviews

As set out in the Rushmoor Local Plan, we have committed to review all eight of Rushmoor's conservation areas.

Between 31 January and 13 March 2020, we held a consultation and invited your views on proposed changes to the Cargate Avenue and Aldershot Military Town conservation areas, as outlined within the following documents:

We will now review all the responses we received, before deciding if the above documents should be adopted and if the proposed changes to the conservation areas should come into effect.


About conservation areas

Conservation areas are defined in law as 'an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character of which it is desirable to preserve and enhance'.

It means that if you own, or live in, a property in a conservation area, there will be tighter restrictions, so you are more likely to need to apply for planning permission.

If you do require planning permission, you will need to make sure your proposal does not harm the character or appearance of the conservation area. 

The emphasis of control in conservation areas is not on preventing development, but to manage change and encourage the enhancement of the area. This allows a conservation area to accumulate positive change that will harmonise with the special architectural or historic qualities of the area and so protect its special character.

Check if your home is in a conservation area

There are eight conservation areas in Aldershot and Farnborough. You can find out if your home is in a conservation area by clicking on the maps below:

Planning controls in conservation areas

The Planning Portal provides a useful set of guidelines, which outline when you will need planning permission in addition to normal planning controls.

The list below gives some examples of work in a conservation area where you will need planning permission. This list is not comprehensive.

  • Demolition
  • New development
  • Extensions
  • Change of use
  • Alterations to the exterior, such as new windows
  • Advertisements.

You must include a heritage impact statement in a planning application that affects a listed building or a conservation area.

Trees in conservation areas

If you want to cut down, or carry out any work to, a tree in a conservation area, you must tell us at least six weeks beforehand.

You can find out more on our Protected Trees page.

 
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