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 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 the 'Find my Nearest' facility.

Conservation area Date of designation Appraisal/management plan adopted
Ampton map 5 March 1987  
Bardwell map 6 July 2000  
Barnham map 21 December 1973  

Barton Mills map

Barton Mills conservation area appraisal

January 1992 May 2008

Brandon appraisal

Map of Brandon conservation area and listed buildings

Map showing Brandon flint buildings

Map showing Brandon countryside views and open space

October 1982 (revised April and October 1991 and March 2007) April 2007

Bury St Edmunds Town Centre map

Bury St Edmunds Town Centre conservation area appraisal and management plan

26 January 1973 (revised 27 September 2012)

November 2007

Bury St Edmunds Victoria Street map

Bury St Edmunds Victoria Street conservation area appraisal and management plan

5 March 1987 (revised 27 September 2012) December 2009
Cavendish Map 19 October 1973  

Clare map

Clare conservation area appraisal and management plan

14 February 1974 September 2008

Dalham appraisal

Map of Dalham conservation area

Map showing main wall materials

Map showing main roof materials

December 1973

May 2008

Denston map 2 July 1973  

Elveden appraisal

October 1973 (revised March 2009)

March 2009

Eriswell appraisal

Map of Eriswell conservation area and listed buildings


Map showing Eriswell main window wall material

Map showing Eriswell main wall material

Map showing Eriswell main roof wall material

October 1988 March 2007
Euston map 19 October 1973  

Exning appraisal (committee draft)

Map of Exning conservation area (committee draft showing proposed extension)

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  

Freckenham appraisal

Map of Freckenham conservation area

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  

Haverhill Hamlet Road map

Haverhill Hamlet Road conservation area appraisal and management plan

22 July 2002 September 2008

Haverhill Queen Street map

Haverhill Queen Street conservation area appraisal and management plan

22 July 2002 September2008
Hawkedon map 13 June 1973  
Hengrave map 19 october 1973  

Higham appraisal (committee draft)

Map showing Higham conservation area and built environment

Map showing Higham conservation area and natural environment

October 1988 (revised May 2008)

May 2008 - Committee report

Honington map 20 April 1949  
Hopton map 5 march 1987  
Horringer map 19 october 1973  
Hundon map 10 December 2002  

Ixworth map

Ixworth conservation area appraisal and management plan

28 September 2010 September 2010

Lakenheath appraisal

Map of Lakenheath conservation area

May 1990 (revised March 2007) March 2007
Lidgate map 2 August 1973  

Mildenhall appraisal (consultation draft)

Map of Mildenhall conservation area

October 1973 (revised March 2010)

March 2010 - Committee report

Moulton appraisal

Map showing Moulton conservation area and built environment

Map showing Moulton conservation areas view and open space

October 1982 (revised January 1991 and May 2008) May 2008

Newmarket appraisal (consultation draft)

Map of Newmarket conservation area

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