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Conservation areas

Conservation Areas are defined in the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas Act) 1990 as 'areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance'. Conservation Areas are therefore those areas considered to have the most important environmental quality in the District.

The character of Conservation Areas is as varied as our landscape. In Ryedale, the majority of Conservation Areas are small, rural settlements whose character is derived from the unique way in which the man-made elements (such as houses, cottages, walls, churches, farms and public buildings, etc) of each settlement relate to each other and the natural framework of landscape features (such as village greens, becks, ponds, trees, hedges and distinctive topographical features).

Our Conservation Team provides guidance and advice in relation to;


An area designated as a Conservation Area requires planning applications to be made for certain types of development which are elsewhere classified as permitted development. These extra controls are designed to preserve or enhance the character of the area and the quality of design. The regulations are complicated, so it is advisable to consult Planning Services before you undertake any new work. However, planning permission is likely to be required for the following works:

  • cladding any part of the exterior
  • demolition of an unlisted building in a Conservation Area
  • alterations to the roof of a dwelling house which results in a material alteration to its shape, notably dormer windows
  • extensions of above 50 m3 (NB this figure is normally 70m3 outside a Conservation Area)

In addition,

  • Extra publicity is given to planning applications affecting Conservation Areas, with a general view to preserving or enhancing the area
  • Notice must be given to the Council before works are carried out to any tree in a Conservation Area
  • The display of advertisements may be more restricted in a Conservation Area
  • Whilst there are works which can be done in a Conservation Area without consent, it is important to remember that the character of an area is often the result of many small details

There are currently 46 Conservation Areas in Ryedale, of which 12 are in the National Park and four are part in the National Park and part in Ryedale.



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Malton, North Yorkshire
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