Our Conservation team is currently reviewing the conservation areas in Warwick District. A new appraisal for Baddesley Clinton Conservation Area has been adopted following a 3-week public consultation period.
What is a conservation area?
Conservation areas exist to protect the special architectural and historic interest of a place, including the features that make it unique and distinctive.
There are extra planning controls in conservation areas, covering the external appearance of buildings and works to trees. These controls are intended to protect the architectural and natural features that make the place special.
Extra controls in conservation areas
Article 4 Directions are tailored by the council to control particular types of work within conservation areas. They help to protect the character and appearance of the area by safeguarding features that make a positive contribution.
Not all conservation areas have an Article 4 Direction, but where they do exist you will need to get planning permission before you carry out the works they control. This might relate to replacement windows, the demolition of front garden walls, roof extensions, or other alterations.
The Article 4 Direction for the Sherbourne Conservation area is now in effect.
Check conservation area and listed building status or if an Article 4 Direction applies.
Works to buildings or trees in conservation areas
Please visit the online Planning Portal to establish if your development proposal needs planning permission.
For works to trees visit tree preservation. Enquiries relating to trees should be directed to email@example.com.
Changing windows or roofing materials in a conservation area
Historic windows should be retained and repaired wherever possible. If repair is beyond the skills of a good craftsperson, a like-for-like copy should be made.
If your house is in a conservation area with an Article 4 Direction you may need planning permission to alter the windows or to change the roofing materials.
If your property is a flat or a building in non-residential use within a conservation area, you are likely to require planning permission to alter the windows or to change the roofing materials.
If your building is listed, you will also need listed building consent.
Like-for-like repairs do not usually require any consent. Listed building consent will likely be required if any replacement is proposed (i.e. windows, roofing material and rainwater goods), even on a like-for-like basis.
Painting Regency buildings in the Leamington Spa Conservation Area
The council has produced specific guidance on painting Regency buildings in the Royal Leamington Spa Conservation Area.
Demolition in a conservation area
Promoting good design
The council encourages all applicants to submit a concise design and access statement to demonstrate how an understanding of the character of the site, its surroundings, and relevant policy, has informed the design of your proposed scheme. These statements are often mandatory. We believe they speed up the decision-making process and improve design quality in all cases, both inside and outside of conservation areas.
Conservation area appraisals
The council has prepared conservation area appraisals for most of the district’s conservation areas. These outline the history of a specific conservation area and explain what makes it special. It also provides guidelines on the design of development within the conservation area.
- Conservation area appraisals for Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick, and Whitnash
- Conservation area appraisals for villages and rural areas
Energy efficiency in historic buildings
Historic England has put together some overarching guidance on How to Improve Energy Efficiency. This sets out their 'whole building approach' which considers:
- historic significance
- an understanding of all the factors that affect energy use, and
- how to devise an energy efficiency strategy for any building
Energy efficiency and historic buildings
The energy efficiency and historic buildings guides on the Historic England site include focussed technical advice and guidance on improving the energy efficiency of historic buildings.
See our Energy efficiency for historic buildings page for more information.
Historic England's Traditional windows: their care, repair and upgrading guidance covers both timber and metal windows and is aimed at building professionals and property owners.
Improving the energy efficiency of your home, whether it's listed, in a conservation area or built before 1919, can be done sympathetically and without compromising its historic character. Historic England's resource pages offer advice on how you can go about saving energy in your home.
Further advice and enquiries
If you need advice about altering your property in a conservation area, or to alter a listed building, you are advised to appoint an architect or appropriately qualified person with experience of working with heritage assets.
The council has produced a residential design guide to assist you and your professional adviser in satisfying the council’s design and conservation policies. (This design guide may be relevant for proposals both within and outside of conservation areas).
The council has a specialist conservation team comprising of two full time officers to advise planning officers on development affecting conservation areas and listed buildings.
Further detailed advice on conservation areas, listed buildings, scheduled monuments, registered parks and gardens, ecclesiastical exemption, and other heritage consents, is available from the website of Historic England.
- Shopfront design guide, Leamington
- Shopfront design guide, Warwick
- Security (for retail premises)
- Painting regency buildings in Leamington
- Agricultural buildings and conversion guide
- Windows in listed buildings and conservation areas
- Roofs on listed buildings and in conservation areas
- Guidance leaflet, Historic buildings - a Development Guide
- Guidance leaflet, Listed buildings and conservation areas
Heritage fire safety
For further information on heritage fire safety: