Conservation Areas

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

There are a total of 27 conservation areas within the Mendip district. You can find out if your property is within a conservation area by using our online maps.

For further detailed advice the council has produced Icon for pdf What is a Conservation Area? [4.02MB]

The best way of defining the qualities of an area that make it worthy of conservation area status is by the production of a conservation area appraisal which help residents understand the history of an area and why it is special. It also provides a sound basis for development control decisions and for developing initiatives to improve the area.

All appraisals endorsed by the Planning Board to-date or currently out to consultation can be downloaded free of charge from this page.

Article 4 Directions

There are certain works which can be undertaken to a property without planning permission known as permitted development, which can have a harmful impact on the character of an area. To help preserve the special character of an area the council can serve an article 4 direction to remove particular permitted development rights, meaning that planning permission would be required for certain works.

Currently there are article 4 directions in place covering parts of Wells, Glastonbury and Buckland Dinham.

For more information on article 4 directions please contact the heritage conservation section.