Shropshire History

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A Conservation Area is an area of a town or village considered worthy of preservation or enhancement because of its special architectural or historic interest. The scheme was introduced by the Civic Amenities Act 1967 and superseded by the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

There are now over 8,000 conservation areas in England and 127 of these are in Shropshire.

 

It is the protection of the quality and special interest of the area as a whole, rather than specific buildings eg layout of boundaries, roads, viewpoints, trees, green features, street furniture, characteristic building materials of the area, mix of different uses and the design of shop fronts. Any of these may be taken into account when deciding whether an area has a particular special architectural or historic interest. Individual buildings can be protected as a Listed Building and there is a database of listed buildings in Shropshire.

 

Having conservation area status means that any planning application for that area has additional considerations, eg demolition requires consent. The designation does not prevent development from taking place but does require that developments preserve or enhance the historic character of the area. It does this by ensuring that newly constructed buildings are of a high quality design.

 

Local authorities are usually responsible for designating conservation areas for “'special architectural or historic interest”, whose character or appearance is worth protecting or enhancing. In exceptional circumstances, the Secretary of State can also designate the status if the area is of more than local interest. Local authorities can control changes to buildings in a conservation area that might usually be allowed without planning permission in other locations, eg changing the appearance of windows, adding external cladding or putting up satellite dishes.

 

The importance of trees was recognised by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, which made special provision for trees in conservation areas which aren't already protected by a tree preservation order. The law requires that anyone proposing to cut down or carry out any work on any tree with a stem diameter of more than 75 mm, when measured at 1.5 metres height above ground level, in a conservation area must give the council 6 weeks’ notice of their intentions. Work may only be undertaken either when permission has been given or the six weeks has expired.

 

 

 

 

Gazetteer of Conservation Areas

 

Acton Burnell

Albrighton

Albrighton (Station Rd)

Alberbury

All Stretton

Alveley

Ashford Bowdler

Ashford Carbonell

Aston Munslow

Aston-on-Clun

Badger

Baschurch Centre

Baschurch Station

Beckbury

Belle Vue

Bishops Castle

Boningdale

Boraston

Bourton

Bridgnorth

Bridgnorth (Innage Gardens)

Bromfield

Broseley

Bucknell

Burwarton

Cardington

Chelmarsh

Cheney Longville

Cheswardine

Chirbury

Church Pulverbatch

Church Stretton

Claverley

Clee St Margaret

Cleobury Mortimer

Clun

Clunbury

Clungunford

Clunton

Colebatch

Condover

Craven Arms

Culmington

Dhustone

Diddlebury

Ditton Priors

Donington & Albrighton

Edgton

Ellesmere

Ford

Great Ness

Grinshill

Habberley

Harlescott

Harley

Haughton

Highley

Highley Clee View

Hope Bagot

Hopesay

Hodnet

Kemberton

Kinnerley

Knockin

Little Stretton

Llanymynech

Loppington

Ludlow

Ludlow (Galdeford)

Ludlow (Gravel Hill)

Ludlow (Steventon)

Lydbury North

Market Drayton Canal Basin

Meole Brace

Minton

Morville

Much Wenlock

Munslow

Neen Sollars

Neenton

Newton

Norbury

Norton

Norton-in-Hales

Oldbury

Onibury

Oswestry Town Centre

Pantglas & Brogyntyn

Plealey

Prees

Prescott

Priestweston

Quatford

Quatt

Rushbury

Ryton

Sheriffhales

Shifnal (Broadway)

Shrewsbury

Snailbeach

Stanton Lacy

Stottesdon

Strefford

Sutton Road

Tankerville

Tong

Underdale Road

Upton Magna

Wem

Westbury

Weston-under-Lizard

Weston-under-Redcastle

Whitchurch

Whittington