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Design and conservation

Conservation areas

A conservation area is defined as “an area of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance;” in the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation) Act 1990). 

There are currently 28 conservation areas in Hounslow

Conservation Area Appraisals

Alterations to buildings in conservation areas

Conservation area designation comes with some additional planning controls designed to help preserve and enhance the character of the conservation. For example, demolition of a building within a conservation area will always require planning permission. Alterations to listed building, within or outside a conservation area, will always require listed building consent.

Some of Hounslow’s conservation areas have an article 4 direction which restricts works normally allowed under permitted development to unlisted buildings. No fee applies for planning permission applications arising from article 4 directions. Article 4 directions currently apply to Gunnersbury and Bedford Park conservation areas.

Conservation area appraisal review

The appraisals for all of Hounslow’s conservation areas are being reviewed and updated. 

For more information on this please see our heritage consultations webpage

Further information

Contact us

If you have any questions about conservation areas within Hounslow please email the council’s conservation team or call 020 8583 4941.

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