Conservation Areas

There are currently 62 Conservation Areas in the District. A full list of Conservation Areas and Article 4(2) Directions together with a plan showing the location of all the Conservation Areas in South Northamptonshire can be viewed at the following links:

Documents listed below can be downloaded to your computer for viewing and printing. Simply click on the title of the document that you require to download.

What does conservation area designation mean?

Development in conservation areas is more strictly controlled than elsewhere, with the intention not to prevent change, but to ensure that the important character of the area is conserved and that new development respects the distinctive character of the conservation area. The designation of a conservation area means that some alterations to residential properties which could normally be undertaken elsewhere as 'permitted development' instead needs planning permission. Examples of this include the need to apply for planning permission for:

The demolition of buildings and structures over certain sizes and heights in a conservation area may require permission. If you are in any doubt whether or not you need planning permission, please contact the Council's Development Management Team before undertaking works. If your building is listed, Listed Building Consent will also be required for the works.

Conservation Area Appraisals

The Council is in the process of reviewing its Conservation Area Appraisals. These documents set out the features that contribute to the distinctiveness of the area and identify opportunities for its protection and enhancement. Comments and views of residents are an important part of the review. The links below will take you to the areas which are out for consultation and a table showing the adopted appraisals.

Open Consultations

Appraisals Adopted at the last Committee Meeting (22 March 2017)

To view the final documents please see Article 4(2) Directions and Conservation Areas.

Article 4(2) Directions

Even in conservation areas certain kinds of development and alterations that you may wish to carry out to your property, do not require planning permission. These works are often referred to as Ďpermitted development'.

These normally involve small scale alterations such as replacement of windows and doors, changes to roof coverings, removal of boundary walls, etc.

Individually many of these changes may appear fairly minor but added together they can begin to have a significant effect on the character and appearance of conservation areas.

In order to address these concerns local authorities can introduce certain specified additional planning controls known as Article 4(2) Directions which withdraw certain permitted development rights in respect of dwelling houses in conservation areas.

It is suggested that owners/occupiers check in every instance before any work is undertaken whether or not planning permission is required.

Article 4(1) Directions

Consultations 2016

The Deanshanger Conservation Area was first designated in 1991 with the boundary amended in 2000 and again in December 2013.

At the time of the 2000 review Article 4 Directions were placed on a number of dwellings considered to make a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the conservation area.

Following the 2013 review and the publication of the Deanshanger Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan a review of the Article 4 Direction has taken place. This proposes an increase in both the number of properties that are covered by the Direction and the permitted development rights that it removes.

The Direction is made under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 and means that certain types of alteration to properties that may once have been undertaken as permitted development now require planning permission so that they can be appropriately considered. Such alterations include the replacement of windows and doors, alterations to roofs, walls, fences, gates and the painting of the exterior of the property.

The rights of those who own and live within the properties identified will be affected by the Direction so please contact the Councilís Heritage team should you have any queries or comments to make.

The Direction was subject to a six week period of public consultation which commenced on 24 October 2016 and closed at 5:00pm on Friday 02 December 2016.

Responses received are being considered by the Council and will be made public with it being intended that the Direction shall come into force on 19 December 2016.

Please follow the links below for the consultation documents:


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