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 Bretforton conservation area to ensure it continues to protect this important location.

Bretforton was first designated a conservation area in 1969, so this will be its first review in nearly 50 years.

As part of the review a new boundary is being proposed. This will extend the conservation area to cover additional land considered to contribute to the historic character of the village, as well as rationalising some areas which have changed over the years.

We are inviting people to comment on these changes, the details of which can be found in the draft Character Appraisal and Management Plan. Proposed boundary changes are shown on the boundary review map

Come along to the public meeting on Thursday 13th December 2018, 6-7pm at The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, Evesham, WR11 7JE to find out more about the proposals and ensure that Bretforton's conservation area designation remains an important planning tool, helping to control new developments and influence their design.

The public consultation runs from 10 December 2018 to 25 January 2019. During the consultation period you can submit your comments through 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 -