Conservation areas

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

A conservation area designation limits the extent of the works you can do to your property without planning permission. If you do require planning permission, you will need to ensure that your proposal does not harm the character or appearance of the conservation area. 

A conservation area designation also means that you must notify us at least six weeks in advance if you want to cut down or carry out work to a tree in a conservation area. 

There are eight conservation areas in Rushmoor.

pdf icon Aldershot Military Town (designated 2003) [5Mb]

pdf icon Aldershot West (designated 1980) [1Mb]

pdf icon Basingstoke Canal (designated 1977) [5Mb]

pdf icon Cargate Avenue (designated 1980) [1Mb]

pdf icon Farnborough Hill (designated 1977) [1Mb]

pdf icon Manor Park (designated 1980) [1Mb]

pdf icon St Michael’s Abbey (designated 1977) [1Mb]

pdf icon South Farnborough (designated 1987) [1Mb]

Planning permission in conservation areas

If you live in a conservation area, you will need planning permission to carry out the following:

  •  Extend the building to the rear, if the extension would have more than one storey
  •  Extend the building to the side
  •  Erect a building such as a garden shed or garage, on the land surrounding the house, if any part of it is between the side elevation of the house and the boundary
  •  Install external render or cladding such as weather-boarding, plastic, timber, tiles, stone or false stone
  •  Install roof dormers or enlarge the roof
  •  Fix a satellite dish to a chimney, wall or roof that faces onto, and is visible from, a highway, or to a building more than 15 metres high
  •  Fix a solar panel to a wall that faces onto, and is visible from, a highway
  •  Install a stand-alone solar panel in the garden, if it would be visible from a highway
  •  Replace windows and doors in non-residential buildings (such as shops and offices), and buildings in multiple occupation (such as flats or bedsits)

This list is not definitive.

If you need more advice, please contact our Planning team before starting work.

Demolition in conservation areas

You will need conservation area consent for the total, or substantial, demolition of any building with a total cubic content of more than 115 cubic metres in a conservation area.  You also need consent for the total, or substantial, demolition of a boundary wall, of more than one metre high, next to a highway or over two metres elsewhere.

Trees in conservation areas

All trees in conservation areas that have a stem diameter of more than 75mm are subject to statutory protection.  

If you want to cut down or carry out work to a tree in a conservation area, you must notify us, giving us at least six weeks' notice. This is to allow us time to consider whether we need to protect the tree further with a Tree Preservation Order.

The easiest way to make sure we have all of the information we need to consider your proposal is to apply through our Apply for planning permission page. As with TPOs, there are exemptions to this. The offences and penalties for carrying out unauthorised work are also similar to those covering TPO protected trees.  

You can find out more on our protected trees page.

 
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