Forest Heath 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.

You can also check to see if a specific property is in a conservation area by using our Find my nearest facility.

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.  Listed below are appraisals and management plans for the Forest Heath District. Appraisals and management plans 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.

Conservation area Date of designation Appraisal adopted
October 1982 (revised April and October 1991 and March 2007) April 2007
January 1992

May 2008

December 1973

May 2008

October 1973 (revised March 2009)

March 2009

October 1988 March 2007
January 1974 (revised March 2012)

March 2012 - Committee report


October 1993 (revised September 2010)

September 2010

October 1988 (revised May 2008)

May 2008 - Committee report

May 1990 (revised March 2007) March 2007
October 1973 (revised March 2010)

March 2010 - Committee report

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March 1996 (superseded previous conservation areas made between 1988-1996 and revised September 2009)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

Santon Downham map of conservation area

December 1973 We are preparing the appraisal, please bear with us.