Conservation Areas

Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest that have character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.

They are designated to manage a change in a way that will preserve the character of the area. It is not only the buildings that contribute to the historic character of the areas. Other factors that contribute include:

  • The form of the settlement.
  • Boundaries.
  • Spaces between buildings.
  • Street surfacing.
  • Green spaces, trees and other historic features all have a part to play.

Any new development should be designed with consideration for how it will preserve the historic character of the conservation area.

Conservation Areas in Selby

There are 23 conservation areas in the district covering parts of the following settlements, the Conservation Area Plan List includes details of when the area was designated and also when it was reviewed. Please see the individual conservation area maps:

Additional Planning Controls

Designation of a conservation area brings with it additional planning controls to preserve the special interest of the area. These can be quite complex, so you should contact the Development Management team before carrying out any work - permission is usually necessary for the following works:

  • Demolition of a building
  • Cladding a building
  • Alterations to the roof
  • Extensions above 50 cubic metres
  • Satellite dishes

For enquiries about Planning Applications in a conservation area, please book an appointment at the planning surgery.