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Conservation Areas in West Devon

Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings are now extensively recognised for their historic interest.

The Council's Heritage Specialists, working within Planning, assist to make sure that new development in Conservation Areas is in line with local and national planning policies.

What is a Conservation Area?

Conservation Areas are areas that are considered to be of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.

The special character of a Conservation area does not only come from its buildings. Other elements are also important, including:

  • The historic layout of paths, roads and boundaries
  • Characteristic materials used in buildings, paving and street furniture
  • The character and layout of spaces,
  • The "mix" of uses - for example, houses, shops and public houses,
  • Vistas and viewpoints along streets and between buildings

Why is a Conservation Area important?

Conservation Area designation gives the Council greater powers to control development and changes within a conservation area, so that we can preserve or enhance their special character

The idea is not to prevent development but to make sure that any changes are sympathetic to the special architectural and historic character of the area. This is particularly important in terms of scale, design, materials and the space between buildings.


How do Conservation Areas affect planning permission?

Additional planning controls apply to Conservation Areas, and Planning Consent may be required for works such as:

  • Demolition of all or part of a building or structure (including walls, chimneys and outhouses)
  • Minor developments - including alterations to roofs or the cladding of buildings
  • Tree works - cutting, uprooting, lopping or topping of trees
  • Installation of satellite dishes

Conservation Areas within Dartmoor National Park

The following areas, although in West Devon, lie within Dartmoor National Park. You will need to contact DNP for any queries relating to these areas.

  • Chagford
  • Crockernwell
  • Drewsteignton
  • Horrabridge
  • Lydford
  • Mary Tavy
  • Meavy
  • Murchington
  • North Brentor
  • Princetown
  • South Tawton
  • South Zeal
  • Throwleigh
  • Walkhampton

Click on the links below to read a description of each Conservation Area. You can also view a map of each.

Bere Alston

Bere Alston Conservation area was designated on 23 June 1992

Bere Ferrers

Bere Ferrers Conservation Area was formally designated on 21 June 1993

Bondleigh

Bondleigh Conservation Area was formally designated on 4 December 1995

Bratton Clovelly

Bratton Clovelly Conservation Area was formally designated on 21 June 1993

Bridestowe

Bridestowe Conservation Area was formally designated on 21 June 1993

Broadwoodkelly

Broadwoodkelly Conservation Area was formally designated on 21 June 1993

Buckland Monachorum

Buckland Monachorum Conservation Area was formally designated on 19 August 1977

Chagford

Chagford Conservation Area was formally designated on 30 March 1973

Crockernwell

Crockernwell Conservation Area was formally designated on 20 October 1993

Drewsteignton

Drewsteignton Conservation Area was formally designated on 6 October 1972

Eworthy

Eworthy Conservation Area was formally designated on 4 November 1987

Exbourne

Exbourne Conservation Area was formally designated on 12 December 1980

Germansweek

Germansweek Conservation Area was formally designated on 4 November 1987

Hatherleigh

Hatherleigh Conservation Area was formally designated on 23 June 1993

Horrabridge

Horrabridge Conservation Area was formally designated on 20 April 1976

Lamerton

Lamerton Conservation Area was formally designated on 21 June 1993

Lifton

Lifton Conservation Area was formally designated on 21 June 1993

Lydford

Lydford Conservation Area was formally designated on 22 October 1971

Mary Tavy

Mary Tavy Conservation Area was formally designated on 28 August 2008

Meavy

Meavy Conservation Area was formally designated on 6 October 2008

Milton Abbot

Milton Abbot Conservation Area was formally designated on 21 June 1993

Milton Combe

Northlew Conservation Area was formally designated on 30 March 1973

Murchington

Murchington Conservation Area was formally designated on 17 October 1975

North Brentor

North Brentor Conservation Area was formally designated on 21 October 1993

Northlew

Northlew Conservation Area was formally designated on 21 June 1993

North Tawton

North Tawton Conservation Area was formally designated on 1 August 1974

Okehampton

Okehampton Conservation Area was formally designated on 18 October 1990

Princetown

Princetown Conservation Area was formally designated on 21 October 1993

Sampford Courtenay

Sampford Courtenay Conservation Area was formally designated on 18 October 1990

South Tawton

South Tawton Conservation Area was formally designated on 28 April 1972

South Zeal

South Zeal Conservation Area was formally designated on 28 April 1972

Sticklepath

Sticklepath Conservation Area was formally designated on 21 June 1993

Stowford

Stowford Conservation Area was formally designated on 26 March 1993

Tavistock

Tavistock Conservation Area was formally designated on 16 May 1969

Tavistock to Bere Alston Railway

Tavistock to Bere Alston Railway Conservation Area was formally designated on 24 May 1991

Throwleigh

Throwleigh Conservation Area was formally designated on 8 February 1974

Walkhampton

Walkhampton Conservation Area was formally designated on 22 July 2013

Weir Quay

Weir Quay Conservation Area was formally designated on 8 January 1991

Whitchurch

Whitchurch Conservation Area was formally designated on 21 June 1993

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