What is a conservation area?
A conservation area is an area considered to be of ‘special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance’ (Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990)
Is a property within a conservation area?
Follow the links below to check whether a property is within a conservation area. This provides an alphabetical list of streets and parcels of land that are situated - in whole or in part - within conservation areas. When a street is located in two or more conservation areas, the street will appear more than once within the list, with the relevant conservation area listed alongside. If a conservation area extends to only part of a street, those properties within the area boundary will be specified
Where a boundary is complex, you may need to refer to an Ordnance Survey map on which the conservation area boundaries have been drawn. These can be viewed by clicking on the relevant conservation area below
Conservation areas in Brighton & Hove - Street Directory
What is the special interest of a conservation area?
The special interest of each conservation area is defined differently. Most conservation areas have a character statement that clearly sets out its special interest. Follow the links below to view the character statement and find other information on each conservation area
* Currently no character statement
How does living in a conservation area affect me?
In order to protect its special character, planning controls are tighter in conservation areas. The level of control does however vary between types of buildings (for example listed buildings, single family dwellings, commercial buildings or flats). In certain areas, an Article 4 Direction has also been put in place to further increase planning controls and help protect the character and appearance of the area
If you are proposing to make changes to a property, you can find out if planning permission is required by phoning the duty planning officer in the planning team
It is important to make sure that any proposed changes preserve or enhance the special interest of the conservation area. The character statements above will help identify what the special interest of that area is. In addition, the council has produced a number of Supplementary Planning Documents and Supplementary Planning Guidance Notes. The most relevant of these are listed below:
- SPGBH 2: External Paint Finishes and Colours
- SPD02: Shop Front Design
- SPD09: Architectural Features
- SPD12: Design Guide for Extensions and Alterations
In addition to the above controls, erection of Estate Agents Boards is controlled in particular conservation areas in the city centre.