Conservation areas

What are conservation area appraisals and management plans?

We have a commitment to review our conservation areas and to publish proposals for them.


An appraisal or review outlines the special character and appearance of the conservation area. It described its important architectural or historic elements or features and highlighting any positive, negative or neutral aspects within the area.

Management plans

This overarching character or significance of the area is unlikely to change. Management plans seek to keep or improve the special character and appearance of the conservation area and support change without compromising the quality of the historic environment.

There are 11 conservation areas that have appraisals and management plans.

Summary statements

Summary statements provide up to date background information for the local plan, in line with the guidance. These are available to download for 10 of the conservation areas.

Please contact us for details of the Trent and Mersey Canal and Shropshire Union Canal conservation area reviews as these are extensive documents and cover the whole stretch of the canal through Staffordshire/Stoke-on-Trent.