What is a conservation area?

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Our helpful guide to conservation areas

It is an area of special architectural or historic interest whose character or appearance is worth protecting or enhancing...

This 'specialness' is judged against local and regional criteria, rather than national importance, as is the case with listing and vary greatly in their nature and character, ranging from historical towns and city centres, to medieval villages, model housing estates and country houses set in their historic parks. The special character of these areas does not come from the quality of the buildings alone. Conservation areas give broader protection than listing individual buildings: all the features, listed or otherwise, within the area, are recognised as part of its character. There are over 8000 conservation areas in England.