It's good practice for Planning Authorities to have up-to-date Conservation Area Appraisals and Management plans. These documents help the Council to fulfil its duties under the 1990 Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act.
If an area has special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance then the Council can designate it as Conservation Area.
Local Authorities are encouraged to define the special architectural or historic characteristics of a Conservation Area through regular character appraisals. The Management Plan is intended to help the Council manage the future of the Conservation Area.
Designating an area as a Conservation Area is not intended to prevent change or adaptation, but rather make sure that their effects on a place are properly considered and managed.
Conservation area appraisals and management plans.