Conservation areas

What is a conservation area

Conservation areas are specially designated for protection and enhancement, following consultation with local residents and property owners, because of their distinctive character and appearance.

What is a conservation area? (PDF 22.04KB)

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Conservation area appraisals and new conservation areas

We are required periodically to re-evaluate our conservation areas, and have embarked on a programme of reviewing all of the conservation areas in Northampton.  Consultion on a review of St Giles Conservation Area is being undertaken between 11 November and 23 December (5pm) 2019. For details please see:

Re-appraisals have been adopted for the following conservation areas:

Further information on conservation area appraisals and new conservation areas

Permission for development

In conservation areas, planning controls are extended to give greater protection to preserve the character and appearance of the area. We have also further removed permitted development rights through the adoption of Article 4 directions within Abington Park, Barrack Road, Billing Road, Derngate, Kingsley and St Giles conservation areas. You can see these, together with the most up-to-date appraisal, below:

Northampton's conservation areas

There are currently 21 conservation areas in Northampton: