Conservation areas are places of historical or architectural importance that we want to preserve or enhance. These are not like listed buildings as there are no national standards or grades. Local authorities decide which areas to protect.
In Hull there are 26 conservation areas:
Avenues and Pearson Park
Beverley High Road
Georgian New Town
Holderness Road (east)
Holderness Road (west)
Spring Bank West
St. Andrew's Dock
The mapping system shows the location of each conservation area.
We put together a character appraisal for each area saying what is special about it. You can see these and large scales maps showing the boundaries of all the conservation areas at The Guildhall, Alfred Gelder Street. You can download some of the character appraisals at the bottom of this page.
What if I live or work in a conservation area?
There are tighter planning controls and obligations in conservation areas that affect demolition work, new development, trees, alterations, additions and extensions, advertisements and signs.
Generally you will need planning permission to demolish unlisted buildings and walls in a conservation area (listed buildings require listed building consent). The main exceptions to this are -
- the partial demolition of an unlisted building
- small unlisted buildings of less than 115 cubic metres (4061cubic feet) volume or any part of such a building, other than a pre-1925 tombstone/monument/memorial to a deceased person
- unlisted walls, fences and railings less than 1m (3 feet 3 inches) high where next to a public open space or highway (including footpaths or bridleways), or less than 2m (6 feet 6 inches) high in other places
- unlisted agricultural or forestry buildings built after 1914
New development can take place in conservation areas, but it should aim to preserve and enhance the character of the area. This can be achieved through sympathetic conversions of existing buildings and good design.
All trees in conservation areas have special protection, even if they are not covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). You will be committing an offence if you cut down, lop, uproot and wilfully destroy a tree in a conservation area without first giving us six weeks' notice in writing. We will consider what you want to do, the health and age of the tree and the contribution it makes to the character of the area before allowing you to go ahead or imposing a TPO.
You do not need consent for:
- work on dead, dying or dangerous trees - but you will need to give notice first
- work done by or for certain statutory undertakers
- pruning fruit trees in accordance with good horticultural practice
- work authorised by planning permission
- work to trees with a trunk diameter less than 7.5cm (3 inches) - (ie a circumference of 24cm (9.5 inches), or 10 centimetres (4 inches) if thinning to help the growth of other trees, when measured 1.5 metres (4ft 11 inches) above ground level.
Alterations, additions and extensions (housing*)
Various alterations, additions and extensions can be made to houses, subject to limitations. In addition to these normal planning requirements, the following will always require Planning Permission in Conservation Areas:
- the cladding of any part of the exterior of a house
- side extensions
- rear extensions of more than one storey
- the enlargement of a house consisting of an addition or alteration to its roof, for example dormers
- buildings, enclosures, containers and pools at the side of a house
- chimneys, flues or soil and vent pipes installed on the principal elevation or a side elevation where they front a highway
- satellite dishes installed on a chimney, wall or roof slope which faces onto, and is visible from, a highway, or installed on a building which exceeds 15m in height
Article 4 Directions
Householders can normally make minor alterations to their houses without requiring planning permission. This is called permitted development. However in some areas, mainly conservation areas, we have removed some of these rights by making Article 4 Directions. There are 21 Article 4 Directions in place in Hull. This does not in itself prohibit any action, but means that the householder must seek planning permission before carrying out certain works.
Find out more about Article 4 Directions
Please visit the Planning Portal - the government's online service to planning - for a guide to planning permission and building regulations around your home.
* Please note, for businesses see the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) booklet Planning Permission - A Guide for Business.