Little Gaddesden Conservation Area Character Appraisal consultation

A conservation area appraisal defines, summarises and gives value and significance to the features and elements of special interest within a conservation area. In doing so, it will help inform our decision making and help us formulate and publish proposals for the preservation and enhancement of conservation areas.

We have produced a draft Little Gaddesden Conservation Area Character Appraisal and we're now asking for your feedback on it. 

Have your say

Please view the detailed appraisal here:  Little Gaddesden Conservation Area Character Appraisal (PDF 6MB).

Submit your comments online now

The deadline for making comments is Friday 17 December 2021.

There will also be two drop-in sessions being run at Little Gaddesden Village Hall. The first is on Friday 19 November between 4pm and 7pm, and the second on Saturday 20 November between 10am and midday.

Further information

What is a conservation area?

A conservation area is "An area of special architectural or historic interest – the character of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance" - Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. Conservation areas are based on areas of architectural and historic interest which will include individual buildings, groups of buildings or landscape features. It is the quality and interest of areas in their entirety, rather than that of individual buildings or features, which defines the special character of a conservation area.

Why preserve and enhance conservation areas?

People value the historic environment highly - they appreciate the 'sense of place' and identity derived from old buildings, traditional materials and important open spaces often complimented by the natural environment.

In seeking to preserve and enhance the 'special' character and appearance of a conservation area, emphasis is placed on managing change - through planning, listed building applications, repairs and alterations, proposals for advertisements, and works to trees and highways.

Policies relating to conservation areas are found in our planning policies. These policies, together with national, regional, and county policy advice, form the basis for decision-making related to the preservation and enhancement of conservation areas.

The historic environment can be vulnerable to damaging new development, such as inappropriately dominant new buildings, excessively large extensions or inappropriately styled conservatories, porches and signs or the misguided or inappropriate use of materials. Alterations such as unsuitable doors and windows, plastic rainwater goods, concrete roofing materials, large roof lights, and inappropriate boundary walls, fences or hedges can all have a significant detrimental impact on the character and appearance of conservation areas.