York Conservation

York founded in AD71 is arguably the most beautiful and historically rich cities in the UK. It is the centre for many turning points in our countries development throughout the ages. As such it offers visitors from across the globe a wide variety architecturally designed buildings from as far back as the 7th century. This is why the city of York Council Planning Office has 35 separate conservations areas within its boundaries. See below a listing of conservation area’s and the basic advice if you are wishing the develop your property within these areas. Further more detailed and personal advice please ring our office and we’ll come an assess your needs against likely limitations.

Conservation areas are ‘areas of special architectural or historic interest’. The special interest does not only relate to buildings but also includes how all the features (listed or otherwise) of a place come together to make a distinctive environment.

These elements include:

the mix of uses

the historic layout

characteristic buildings

paving materials and street furniture

Conservation areas have extra planning controls applied to them to help preserve or enhance their character and protect their settings. Since 2011 there have been a total of 35 conservation areas in York.

Making changes in a conservation area

demolish any building or boundary over 1m high fronting highway or 2m elsewhere within a conservation area

substantially alter or build a new structure/boundary – a heritage statement is also required in this instance

raising the ridge / expanding the size of a roof or installing a dormer window

clad walls – in most cases, unless repairing or renewing an existing surface

install satellite dishes – on an elevation fronting a highway, on a chimney, and on a building over 15 metres high

install, alter or replace a chimney, flue soil or vent pipe on a wall or roof on a principal or side elevation fronting a highway

front, side and two storey rear extensions

detached ancillary buildings, garden sheds / stores to the side of the dwelling house

surfacing, ground works and works to trees

You may need planning permission to do the following:

repairs – if undertaken in a like-for-like manner


renewing or replacing a roof covering

installing solar panels – subject to certain conditions

installing a roof light – subject to certain conditions

single storey rear extensions constructed in materials of similar appearance to those used on the existing house – subject to other criteria in respect of height and rear projection

Download a guide on living in a conservation area or email planning.enquiries@york.gov.uk for clarification.

Conservation area appraisals (CAA)

A number of conservation area appraisals have been carried out in York. They aim to identify the special interest and characteristics of a place in order see what’s needed to protect or enhance it.

Extra planning regulations in conservation areas

Extra regulations in conservation areas are known as Article 4 directions. Planning applications are required for certain types of development in these areas; in York East Mount Road has an article 4 direction (see other Article 4 Directions in York).

It is common knowledge that the government has issued targets for new build developments across the UK, which has made local authorities.

COMMUNITIES Secretary Sajid Javid MP has blocked a bid to build more than 100 homes on green fields on the edge of York.

The Minister has dismissed a planning appeal, which was lodged by developers who had seen both the City of York Council and the Planning Inspectorate, turn down plans to build 109 homes off Avon Drive, Huntington.

In his decision the Secretary of State agreed with the Planning Inspector who said the development would have been both inappropriate and harmful to the greenbelt.

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Secretary of State has supported the objections of local residents against this speculative and inappropriate proposal for greenbelt development.

“When the plans were originally put forward I met with local residents on site to discuss their legitimate concerns.

“Local residents must be commended for their efforts in fighting off this greenbelt grab, and it was an absolute pleasure to work with them throughout this process.”

Planning has been approved for another Harry Potter Style shop

As eagle eyed Harry Potter fans will know the Shambles in York City Centre was as the supposed inspiration for Diagon Alley in the movies. In recent months, three Harry Potter inspired shops have popped up with a fourth gift shop “The Boy Wizard” soon to be opened. 

Planning has been approved to knock two Shambles shops into one to make the new exciting “The Boy Wizard” Also an application has been submitted to City Of York Council to change the sinage of the shops. The proposed sinage would be bright red with yellow text. Edward Freedman Conversation Officer commented: “I would be concerned at the use of a vibrant red tone, but a more muted burgundy or similar is likely to be acceptable.

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The development is following the huge success of the Harry Potter inspired shop “The shop that must not be named.” The shop opened in May 2017 and was an instant success with visitors regularly queuing out the door. The shop sells merchandise inspired by the books and films from wants and canes to cloaks and posters, and is staffed by enthusiastic Harry Potter Fans.

Find out more info, take alook  – https://www.theshopthatmustnotbenamed.co.uk/