Conservation Area Appraisal, Designation and Management

Historic England Advice Note 1 (Second Edition)

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This revised advice note supports the management of change in a way that conserves and enhances the character and appearance of historic areas through conservation area appraisal, designation and management.

This 2nd edition updates the advice in light of the publication of the 2018 National Planning Policy Framework and gives more information on the relationship with local and neighbourhood plans and policies. It is also slightly re-ordered, to underline the staged approach to the appraisal, designation and management of conservation areas, while continuing to offer advice on managing conservation areas so that the potential of historic areas worthy of protection is fully realised. It has also been updated to give more information on innovative ways of handling conservation appraisals, particularly community involvement beyond consultation, character assessment and digital presentation.

First published by English Heritage March 2011 (published as: Understanding Place: Conservation Area Designation, Appraisal and Management) and republished as Conservation Area Appraisal, Designation and Management, Historic England Advice Note 1 2016.


  1. Introduction
  2. Identifying potential conservation areas
  3. How to appraise conservation areas
  4. Content of conservation area appraisals
  5. Designation
  6. Managing proposals in conservation areas
  7. Review
  8. Appendix

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 48
  • Product Code: HEAG268


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