What is the importance of conservation areas?
Conservation areas in particular are important in order to protect the amenity value of a place. For example, Local Planning Authorities are
obliged to designate areas for conservation on their land that may have
special architectural/ historical interest– where the preservation of the
character/ appearance is seen as beneficial to the amenity value. This also
introduces control over the demolition of the landscape, as the destruction
of natural habitat poses a threat to wildlife.
Where are conservation areas usually designated?
Conservation areas widely vary in character; dependent upon their designation by the local authority. The character of a conservation area
doesn’t originate from the quality of the buildings, it originates from the
elements of historic road layouts and pathways to the characteristics of
housing estates and the general features of the local environment. How
ever, these specific conservation areas can be designated over historic cities, towns and villages as well as country estates and historic parks.
To protect wildlife…
Conservation areas are important in order to protect wildlife and to promote the biodiversity of the area. They also provide support in maintaining healthy and functional ecosystems.