What is a conservation area? What does it mean?

Recently, we at Arc Design Services had the pleasure of visiting one of our projects in a conservation area in Wilmslow a few months after completion.

The main aim of this project was to extend the property to meet the needs of a large family whilst retaining all the traditional features and characteristics of the original property. We are proud of the outcome, as we were able to ensure that we paid special detailed care and attention to the original 1930’s Arts and Crafts home. We think the results speak for themselves. In this blog, we thought it would be useful to delve deeper into what a 'conservation area' is and what obstacles or considerations need to be made when developing or altering homes in these areas.

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What is a conservation area?

A conservation area refers to a location of special architectural or historic interest and, therefore, where it is important to preserve or enhance this specific character/interest. What is interesting about a conservation area is it does not just come from the quality of the building but also from the area as a whole, including the layout of roads, groups of buildings, materials used and the quality of the space. Across Trafford and Cheshire East (where Wilmslow is located), there are nearly 100 conservation areas alone; each reflecting various building styles and unique environments.

What do government and local councils do in conservation areas?

he most obvious thing that local councils do in conservation areas is control demolition, ensuring that the area is preserved due to its specific character and interest. They also ensure that all advertisements and shop signs are controlled, and the implementation of any traffic measures suits the area's character. Local councils also provide support, where necessary, making environmental improvements and ensuring grants are available to make repairs to buildings when and where required.

What does it mean for homeowners living in a conservation area?

Many people are under the false illusion that owning land or property in a conservation area means that no new development, alterations or extensions can take place - but this is not the case. Properties in conservation areas should be designed to preserve or enhance the particular character that leads to the area being conserved in the first place. If this is achieved, then alterations and home development can be perfectly acceptable. Nevertheless, conservation areas do have tougher planning permission rules to ensure compliance. This is a speciality of Arc Design Services and we take great pride in creating wonderful enhancements to a variety of homes across several conservation areas, including most recently in Altrincham and Wilmslow.

At Arc Design Services, we specialise in architectural design, dedicated to offering a fresh and exciting approach to every project. With this in mind, Arc Design Services could help you create your perfect home space and ensure the traditional features, character and feel of the original property are maintained, whether this is in your existing home, extension, or renovation plans. Contact our experts today at Arc Design Services at www.arcdesignservices.net or 0161 928 4433.

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