A Conservation Area is defined by the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as: 'an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character and appearance of which is desirable to preserve or enhance'. Taunton Deane has designated 41 Conservation Areas to cover most historically and architecturally important and interesting parts of the Borough's towns and villages.
If you live or run a business in a Conservation Area you may need permission from the Borough Council before making alterations affecting the external appearance of buildings and property, for example, cladding, rendering, inserting windows, installing satellite dishes, adding conservatories or other extensions, putting up advertisements or erecting fences or walls.
Trees are also protected. If you are thinking of cutting down a tree or doing any pruning work you must notify the Borough Council 6 weeks in advance of your intention to carry out the work.
Demolition or substantial demolition of a building within a Conservation Area will usually require planning permission. You can check if you live in a conservation area on our mapping tool.