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Conservation areas

What is a conservation area?

A conservation area is an area of special historical interest that is protected by law. As the local planning authority, we designate conservation areas under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. Conservation areas can range from a small group of buildings to a whole town or village. Conservation areas do not necessarily cover the whole settlement; normally it is only the historic core of a village, town or city which is designated.

Conservation areas have extra planning controls on them to protect the character and appearance of historic or architectural elements.

There are 37 conservation areas in Horsham District, each with its own map and character statement.