Conservation areas and appraisals
Do I need permission for building work if I live in a conservation area?
It depends on the type of work you are proposing. There is some permitted development allowed in conservation areas. Contact us if you would like to discuss building work within a conservation area.
Maintaining an older home or listed building
Information leaflets have been prepared to help you maintain an older home or listed building, you can find them on our Listed buildings page.
Works to trees in a conservation area
For works to trees within a conservation area please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the West Suffolk Trees page for further information.
What restrictions are there on building work?
If you are proposing building work in a conservation area you may find that some permitted development rights are restricted under what is known as the Article 4 Direction. Permitted development is building work that can be carried out without planning permission.
The Article 4 Direction applies to specific alterations for buildings. It also only affects alterations that are made on parts of the building that face highways, public space or public footpath.
Conservation areas are places of architectural or historic value. Appraisals and management plans (below) for conservation areas set out why an area is of historic interest. The plans detail the various aspects of interest within the area and how it will be managed in relation to everyday living and future development. Consultation Draft Appraisals should be read in conjunction with the adopting committee report.
You can also view the conservation areas, listed buildings and article 4 directions by using Find my nearest
|Conservation area||Date of designation||Appraisal or management plan adopted|
|Ampton map||5 March 1987|
|Bardwell map||6 July 2000|
|Barnham map||21 December 1973|
|January 1992||May 2008|
|October 1982 (revised April and October 1991 and March 2007)||April 2007|
|26 January 1973 (revised 27 September 2012)||
|5 March 1987 (revised 27 September 2012)||December 2009|
|Cavendish Map||19 October 1973|
|14 February 1974||September 2008|
|Denston map||2 July 1973|
|October 1973 (revised March 2009)||
|October 1988||March 2007|
|Euston map||19 October 1973|
|January 1974 (revised March 2012)||March 2012 - Committee report|
|Fakenham Magna map||19 October 1973|
|Flempton map||19 October 1973|
|Fornham All Saints map||2 December 1999|
|October 1993 (revised September 2010)||September 2010|
|Great and Little Thurlow map||2 August 1973|
|Great Livermere map||7 September 2000|
|Great and Little Whelnetham/Sicklesmere map||2 August 1973 (revised 11 June 1998)|
|Great Wratting map||5 February 1970|
|22 July 2002||September 2008|
|22 July 2002||September2008|
|Hawkedon map||13 June 1973|
|Hengrave map||19 October 1973|
|October 1988 (revised May 2008)|
|Honington map||20 April 1949|
|Hopton map||5 March 1987|
|Horringer map||19 October 1973|
|Hundon map||10 December 2002|
|28 September 2010||September 2010|
|May 1990 (revised March 2007)||March 2007|
|Lidgate map||2 August 1973|
|October 1973 (revised March 2010)|
|October 1982 (revised January 1991 and May 2008)||May 2008|
||March 1996 (superseded previous conservation areas made between 1988-1996 and revised September 2009)||September 2009 - Committee report|
|Pakenham map||5 March 1987|
|Risby map||7 November 1975|
|Santon Downham map||December 1973||We are preparing the appraisal, please bear with us.|
|Stanton map||1 February 2001|
|Stoke-by-Clare map||2 August 1973|
|Stradishall map||30 October 1973|
|West Stow and Culford Park map||4 December 1997|
|Whepstead map||19 October 1973|
|Wickhambrook map||30 October 1975|
|Withersfield map||2 August 1973|