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. 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 and boundaries. 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.
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 gates for fences. 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 came into force on 10 January 2019.
Article 4 Direction for Whitmore Conservation Area came into force on 18 November 2016.
Article 4 Direction for Madeley Conservation Areas came into force on 31 October 2016. Madeley Art 4 leaflet
Betley Conservation Area Article 4 Direction. Betley Article 4 Leaflet
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).
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.
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.
Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans have been prepared for the following Conservation Areas. See links below.
Brampton Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Proposals Brampton Townscape Appraisal Map 2016
Watlands Park Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Proposals Watlands Park Townscape Appraisal Map 2016
Last updated 12 September 2019