Conservation Areas

We have 64 conservation areas within Wychavon. These are areas of special architectural and historic interest that we wish to preserve or enhance, usually the historic parts of towns and villages.

Proposals for development within a Conservation Area will be assessed to ensure that they will either preserve or enhance the character or appearance (or 'significance') of an area. Proposals will be determined against policies contained in the Adopted Wychavon District Local Plan, in particular policy ENV12.

Regard will also be had to national guidance contained in the NPPF.

Properties in some conservation areas are protected by Article 4(2) Directions.  This means that at these properties planning permission is needed for works that could otherwise be done without permission, so that the character and appearance of the conservation area will be preserved.  The works brought under planning control are usually new, and alterations to existing, doors and windows, and in some cases other works such as change of roofing materials, removal of boundaries and laying of hardstanding.


Conservation Area Review

We are committed to a programme of review of all the conservation areas in Wychavon.  In consultation with local residents we are

  • reviewing conservation area boundaries to take make sure they continue to be relevant to the present day
  • carrying out conservation area character appraisals to explain the special interest of each of the conservation areas
  • considering the introduction of extra planning controls to preserve the special character of our conservation areas


Comment on current conservation area reviews


We are reviewing the Beckford Conservation Area, first designated in 1972; this will be its first review in over 40 years.

The review is considering whether the boundary as drawn then is still appropriate. To accompany the boundary review map, a Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Plan are being drafted to explain the special interest of the area and to safeguard its future preservation and enhancement.

We are inviting people to comment on these changes during the consultation period from Monday 4th February 2019 until Friday 15th March 2019.

Come along to the public meeting on Wednesday 6th February, from 6pm at The Beckford Inn, Beckford, to find out more about the proposals and ensure that Beckford’s Conservation Area designation remains an important planning tool.

During the consultation period you will be able to submit your comments via our online feedback form.


The Heritage Team

  • advises on development proposals in conservation areas
  • designates and reviews conservation area boundaries
  • prepares and publishes conservation area character appraisals to explain the special interest of the conservation areas


  • we offer pre-application advice to potential applicants on the likelihood of getting permission for development in a conservation area, Guidance on Pre-application Advice and
  • are consulted on planning and conservation area consent applications to advise on the appropriateness of development proposals in conservation areas
  • Please click here Pre-application form for further information on this service.


For further information contact

Planning Support Officers 01386 565565

Alannah Hogarth


Useful links

Conservation Area Character Appraisals -