Conservation Area Appraisals
Since Conservation Areas were first designated in the late 1960s, their number has grown to over 8,000 in England alone. Each of these represents an area whose character, appearance and significance has been thought distinctive enough to warrant special attention in terms of planning controls in order to ensure that the special interest of the area is preserved.
An appraisal of a Conservation Area is therefore essential for understanding not only its character, but also its history, its development and its future. For this reason the appraisal is an important tool not only for Local Authorities in underpinning planning policy, determining applications and forming the basis for detailed Management Plans, but also for residents and community groups who wish to ensure that their area is protected for future generations.
The Appraisal is a detailed and comprehensive document whose core elements include a summary of special interest and setting, historic development and archaeology, spatial analysis, assessment of quality of architecture, evaluation of building materials, positive and negative attributes, problems and pressures and capacity for change.