Conservation areas were first introduced in 1967 to protect areas containing historic environments and supplement the listed buildings facility that safeguards individual buildings.
The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 defines a Conservation Area as "an area of special architectural interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance"
Maldon District Council has the authority to designate conservation areas.
Once conservation area status has been agreed there are increased restrictions on planning applications, building changes, advertising and tree management.
Eastern Essex is a historic area and so it is not surprising that 5 Conservation areas have been adopted at the below sites.
A visit to any of the conservation areas is sure to delight visitors who will be able to imagine how the area appeared to our ancestors.
Conservation areas cover areas of high importance. Listed below is a rough guide to areas covered in this area.for a map showing the exact areas covered by Conservation areas.
Bradwell on Sea
An area of old houses covering the village centre around the church
Burnham on Crouch
An area covering most of the town between Western Road and the River Crouch. Click here for some pictures.
An area of old houses surrounding the Bell PH and the Church
An area covering the High Street and the western end of Station Road
An area of predominantly old houses surrounding the green and church
How do I find out more about Conservation areas?
The building conservation team have a web site which you can visit by clicking here.
Essex County Council have specialist officers who you can contact by clicking here