What is a conservation area?

A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, with character or appearance that is desirable to preserve or enhance. The first conservation areas were designated in 1967 under the Civic Amenities Act, and there are now nearly 10,000 in England.

There are currently 62 conservation areas in South Northamptonshire area, reflecting the high quality environment of the district. Many villages have conservation areas, as do Brackley, and Towcester Town Centre. The length of the Grand Union Canal and Oxford Canal as it runs through the district have also been designated as conservation areas.

Conservation Area Appraisals are prepared for each conservation area. These document the character and importance of the area and include a management plan to help preserve or enhance the area. All appraisals undergo public consultation so we can incorporate the views of people living and working in these areas. The appraisals form an important part of the planning process.