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Conservation Areas

What is a Conservation Area?

A Conservation Area is "an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance."

Conservation Areas are designated to help protect their special architectural and historic interest and encourage their enhancement.  

Buildings, walls, trees, open spaces, views and historic settlement patterns all combine to create an individual sense of place. It is the unique character of certain special areas that conservation area status seeks to protect.  

 Burnley's Conservation Areas

The power to designate Conservation Areas is available to both Burnley Borough Council and Lancashire County Council. A parallel power is also available to the Secretary of State, after consultation with the Local Planning Authority. In practice, designations are normally made by the Borough Council.

Burnley currently has 10 Conservation Areas. These are at:

  • Jib Hill 
  • Hurstwood 
  • Padiham 
  • Palatine (Square) 
  • Harle Syke 
  • Worsthorne 
  • Canalside 
  • Burnley Wood 
  • Burnley Town Centre 
  • Top O' Th' Town

What effect does Designation have?

When an area is designated as a Conservation Area, the Council has a statutory duty to have "special regard to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character and appearance of the area" in all its planning decisions.

Whilst designation introduces some additional control over development, including over demolition, designation is not designed to prevent all change, rather to make sure that change is managed so that the special character of the area and its setting is preserved or enhanced

For Information on the control of development in conservation areas, please follow the link below.

The Council has prepared a number of Appraisals and Management Plans for its Conseration Areas. To see these please follow the link below.

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