What is a conservation area

Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historical importance.

There are over 600 conservation areas in Scotland. They can be historic land, battlefields, public parks, designed landscapes or railways but most commonly are groups of buildings extending over areas of a village, town or city. To safeguard them for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations any new development should preserve or enhance their varied character.

Trees that are within a conservation area are often protected.

Living in a conservation area gives the home owner greater restrictions on alterations that can be made to their property and land.

Conservation areas are likely to be covered by an “article 4 direction”, this means that the permitted development rights that apply in “normal” circumstances do not apply. They can include removing permitted development for replacement window, walls, gates, sheds, porches, satellite dishes.

A planning application will be required for proposed alterations.

It is an offence to carry out works in a conservation area without planning permission. If you carry out works you may be asked to remove them.

Conservation area restrictions or article 4 directions do not affect your right to carry out internal works to your property.

Your local planning department or architectural service provider will be able to advise you if these restrictions are in place for your property.

Always check if you are unsure.

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