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
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
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