Conservation Areas

How are conservation areas chosen?

They are chosen because they are considered to have special architectural or historic interest locally and regionally rather than nationally.

Conservation areas usually comprise groups of historic buildings and/or areas of attractive landscape.  They can be large or small and may range from a whole town to a small square or village green.  Conservation areas in the borough vary from larger rural villages to Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre and cover parts of the Trent and Mersey and the Shropshire Union canals.  An area's special character comes from a lot of factors including layout of roads, paths boundaries and street furniture.  All features are recognised as part of its character.

There are currently 21 conservation areas in the borough.  The areas are set out below with the date they were designated and any amendments.

Audley (PDF 948kb) 1976: extended 2013 Mucklestone (PDF 196kb) 1977
Basford (PDF 252kb) 2006: extended 2007 Newcastle-under-Lyme (PDF 937kb) 1973: extended 2000 and 2008
Betley (PDF 350kb) 1970: extended 2008 Shropshire Union Canal (PDF 1.3mb) 1984
The Brampton (853kb) 1984: extended 2016 Silverdale (PDF 423kb) 1993
Butterton (PDF 506kb) 2006 Stubbs Walk (PDF 584kb) 1993 reviewed 2016
Clayton (PDF 791kb) 1992 Talke (PDF 571kb) 2000
Keele (PDF 450kb) 1989: extended June 2018 Trent and Mersey Canal (PDF 725kb) 1988
Keele Hall (PDF 656kb) 1993 Watlands Park (PDF 828kb) 2016
Kidsgrove (PDF 403kb) 1997 Whitmore (PDF 415kb) 1971
Madeley (PDF 1.3mb) 1972: extended 2012 Wolstanton (PDF 442kb) 1993: extended 1997
Maer (PDF 941kb) 1970: extended 2019    

Living in a conservation area

Designation seeks to preserve and enhance the area as a whole and impose additional controls over demolition of certain buildings, minor extensions, detached buildings, position of satellite dishes and the protection of trees.


The demolition or substantial demolition of any building in a conservation area (larger than 115 cubic metres) needs consent from the local planning authority.  There is generally a presumption in favour of retaining buildings and walls which make a positive contribution to the character or appearance of a conservation area.

Minor developments

If you live in a conservation area you have to get permission before making any changes that may be normally permitted elsewhere to ensure that the alterations do not detract from the area’s appearance.  These changes include cladding, dormer windows, satellite dishes visible from the road and the cutting and lopping of most trees.

Article 4 Directions

The Council can remove and make certain restrictions on the kind of alterations allowed, depending on how it might affect the area's character.  This is called an Article 4 Direction and it affects things like porches, changing historic doors and windows and other distinctive architectural features and removing or putting up walls.  The Council considers carefully which developments to control in each conservation area and they are all different, so it is always best to check by contacting the planning department.

Article 4 Direction for Keele Conservation Area is now confirmed and came into force on 10th January 2019.  See leaflet for more information.  The formal Notice can be found here

Article 4 Direction for the Brampton Conservation Area and Watlands Park Conservation Area is now confirmed and this leaflet explains more.  The Directions come into force on 29 June 2017.

Article 4 Direction for Stubbs Walk Conservation Area has now been confirmed and came into force on 1 May 2017. This leaflet explains more.

Article 4 Direction - 7 Park Avenue, Wolstanton

At the Planning Committee of 26 April 2016, the Council resolved that an immediate Article 4 Direction be issued to remove, at 7 Park Avenue, Wolstanton, the rights to carry out certain development without the need for planning permission.  The application was confirmed by the Council on 6 October 2016.

A copy of the Article 4 Direction and a map showing the land can be viewed.

Whitmore Conservation Area Article 4 Direction is now confirmed and came into force on 18 November 2016.

Article 4 Direction for Madeley Conservation Areas is now confirmed (as of 31 October 2016). Follow the links to view the Direction and maps for Madeley Article 4.  You can access the amended map which shows the properties which are affected and also the information in the Madeley Art 4 leaflet

Audley Article 4 Direction has now been confirmed and came into force on 31 March 2017.   The Audley leaflet explains more.

The council has Article 4 Directions within Basford, Butterton and Betley conservation areas.  The council has also made an Article 4 Direction which is partially within the Brampton Conservation Area which removes permitted development rights to change from a dwellinghouse use (Class C3) to small houses in multiple occupation (Class C4) (PDF 3Mb).

Betley Article 4 Leaflet (PDF 1.7Mb)
Basford and Butterton Article 4 Direction (PDF 156Kb)
Butterton Article 4 Map (PDF 79Kb)
Basford Article 4 Map (PDF 93Kb)


Trees are protected within a conservation area because they form an important part of an area's character and contribute to the local environment.  Anyone proposing work to a tree in a conservation area has to give notice to the Council.  They must then consider the nature of the work and how important the tree is to the character of the area and make a tree preservation order in order to protect it.

Link to Tree Preservation Page in Landscape section

Conservation Area reviews

We have a duty to review our conservation areas from time to time and to formulate and publish proposals for them.  An appraisal or review of the area outlines special character or appearance of the area and highlights any negative aspects which detract from the special character and how best to manage changes.

Draft Keele Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Proposals SPD

Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans have been prepared for Basford, Butterton, Betley and Newcastle Town Centre, Madeley, Audley, Brampton and Watlands Park Conservation Areas.  See links below.

Betley Conservation Area Appraisal (PDF 2Mb)
Betley Conservation Area Appraisal Map (PDF 1.1Mb)
Betley Conservation Area Management Plan (PDF 776Kb)
Betley Conservation Area Management Plan Map (PDF 1.5Mb)

Basford Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (PDF 1.6Mb)

Butterton Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (PDF 1.7Mb)

Newcastle Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal (PDF 6MB)
Newcastle Town Centre Conservation Area Management Plan (PDF 1.1MB)

Newcastle Town Centre Appraisal Map (PDF 2.2MB)

Newcastle Townscape Appraisal Map (PDF 2.2MB)

Newcastle Town Centre Management Plan Map (PDF 2.2MB)

Madeley Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (PDF 2MB)

Audley Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Proposal (PDF 2.2MB)

Brampton Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Proposals

Brampton Townscape Appraisal Map

Watlands Park Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Proposals

Watlands Park Townscape Appraisal Map

Last updated 19 November 2018

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