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Conservation Areas

Waverley has 42 Conservation Areas, each with its own distinctive character. This includes the buildings, the street scene, different uses and their relationship with open spaces and the wider landscapes.

What is a Conservation Area?

Conservation Areas (CAs) are areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. Designation of a CA covers all land within the CA and therefore, planning control is directed at maintaining the special interest of the entire area. When determining development proposals, we have a duty to pay special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of a CA.

What work requires permission in a Conservation Area?

Development within a CA is subject to special planning controls, this means that planning permission is required for some works that would usually be permitted development. Please see the governments permitted development technical guidance or the planning portal for more information.

In addition, there are extra controls over the demolition of structures within CAs. Planning permission is required for the demolition of any building which is more than 115 cubic meters or a boundary wall. For specific details please see Historic England's guidance.

If you are not sure whether your proposed works require planning permission, please contact us via our online form. Alternatively, you can email us at heritage@waverley.gov.uk or call us on 01483 52349.

Trees in Conservation Areas

Additional controls also apply to trees within CAs. Please see the advice below for more information.

Tree advice

Conservation Area Designation

Under Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, we have a duty to determine from time to time, which parts of the borough are areas of special architectural or historic interest (CAs).

We are currently reviewing these CAs through Conservation Area Appraisals (CAAs). A forward programme of CAAs until 2025 was agreed in March 2020.

Conservation Area Appraisals Forward Programme

The majority of CAs within Waverley were designated over 30 years ago. Therefore, as part of the CAA process, the boundaries are reviewed. This ensures that areas which are no longer of special interest are removed, and those which are now of special interest are included. Please see the individual CA pages on our Conservation Areas in Waverley page for more details.

Conservation Areas in Waverley

Other Information

In November 2016, Dunsfold Aerodrome was suggested to us as a possible area to be designated as a CA. An assessment was undertaken by Officers, but it was not considered appropriate to designate.

Page owner: Ben Mitchell. Last updated: 25/03/2020 15:36

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