Conservation Area Designation, Appraisal and Management

Historic England Advice Note 1

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This revised guidance sets out ways to manage change in a way that conserves and enhances historic areas through conservation area designation, appraisal and management. It is intended to offer advice to all those involved in managing conservation areas so that the potential of historic areas worthy of protection is fully realised, the need for community and owner consultation examined, and the benefits of management plans to manage change, and achieve regeneration and enhancement, fully exploited.

Advice on appraisal of conservation areas is also given, as assistance in demonstrating special interest and articulating character, guiding investment, and in developing a management plan.

First published by English Heritage March 2011 (Understanding Place: Conservation Area Designation, Appraisal and Management)

We are now (March 2018) consulting on revisions to this guidance. See our Guidance Open for Consultation webpage for more details.

The consultation closes on Thursday 17 May 2018.



1. Designation

2. Managing change in conservation areas

3. Appraisal of conservation areas

Appendix 1: Article 4 Directions

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Under Revision
  • Pages: 26
  • Product Code: HEAG040
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