Conservation areas are special areas in Ryedale that we preserve and enhance because of their architectural, environmental or historic interest.
What are Ryedale’s conservation areas like?
Our Conservation areas are special and varied.
- Most of them are small, rural settlements
- They are special because of their character and the way the houses, cottages, walls, churches, farms and other buildings are built
- They are also special because of the way man-made features (buildings and walls) relate to the natural landscape (like village greens, becks, ponds, trees, hedges and other distinctive features).
How does living in a conservation area affect me?
When you live in a conservation area, it means you often need planning permission for certain things. This is to preserve or enhance the character of the area.
It’s likely that you will need planning permission for:
- Cladding any part of the outside of your home
- Demolishing an unlisted building
- Alterations to your roof, that change the shape (eg dormer windows)
- Extensions above 50 m3
Living in a conservation area also means:
- Planning applications are given more publicity to make sure they preserve and enhance the area
- You need to tell us before you carry out any work to trees
- There are more restrictions about displaying advertisements
The law is complicated, but we are here to help you. Before you start any building work in a conservation area, you should consult our Planning Services Team.
Where are Ryedale’s conservation areas?
We have 46 conservation areas in Ryedale. They are listed below: