Conservation areas were first established by the Civic Amenities Act 1967. The statutory definition of a conservation area is one of "special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance."
What is a conservation area?
It is common for areas of historic towns and villages to be designated as conservation areas.
These areas can vary greatly in size and character, but generally it is the appearance of the area, rather than individual buildings, that justifies the designation.
Planning legislation makes it clear that local authorities should give "special attention" to those areas and their enhancement. One of the main purposes of designating a conservation area is to ensure that development proposals preserve and enhance the character of the area.
Conservation areas are a very important aspect of conserving the built environment.
You can view the boundaries of the conservation areas in the borough on the interactive local plan
(conservation areas are marked with a salmon pink boundary).
Conservation area appraisals
Dacorum Borough Council has commenced a programme of Conservation Area Appraisal work. The purpose of this is to identify and document what factors are considered to make up the special character of these conservation areas. Conservation area character appraisals have been completed for:
Once initial appraisal work has been undertaken a draft Conservation Area Appraisal will be produced which will be subjected to a period of consultation.
Following public consultation for the draft Conservation Area Approved for Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead, these are waiting to be reported to the Council's Cabinet for approval: These are scheduled to be reported to cabinet in January 2014
Berkhamsted conservation area report (PDF 6,102KB)
Berkhamsted conservation area report - appendices (PDF 2,373KB)
Hemel Hempstead conservation area report (PDF 6,935 KB)
Local listed buildings descriptions are currently being drafted for Berkhamsted for public consultation. This is planned to take place in October 2014 for four weeks.
A listed building is one which is formally declared to be of special architectural or historic interest.
Under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 there is a statutory duty to compile lists of buildings of special architectural or historic interest for the whole country. The list is a register. It identifies those buildings which are of special interest and gives the Council extra powers to protect them, as well as imposing extra responsibilities on their owners.
Please go to our listed buildings page for more information.
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