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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

Designated: 23 June 1992

Bere Ferrers

Designated: 29 Mar 1979

Bondleigh

Designated: 4 December 1995

Bratton Clovelly

Designated: 21 June 1993

Bridestowe

Designated: 21 June 1993

Broadwoodkelly

Designated: 21 June 1993

Buckland Monachorum

Designated: 19 August 1977

Chagford

Designated: 30 March 1973

Crockernwell

Designated: 20 October 1993

Drewsteignton

Designated: 6 October 1972

Eworthy

Designated: 4 November 1987

Exbourne

Designated: 12 December 1980

Germansweek

Designated: 4 November 1987

Hatherleigh

Designated: 23 June 1993

Horrabridge

Designated: 20 April 1976

Lamerton

Designated: 21 June 1993

Lifton

Designated: 21 June 1993

Lydford

Designated: 22 October 1971

Mary Tavy

Designated: 28 August 2008

Meavy

Designated: 6 October 2008

Milton Abbot

Designated: 21 June 1993

Milton Combe

Designated: 30 March 1973

Murchington

Designated: 17 October 1975

North Brentor

Designated: 21 October 1993

Northlew

Designated: 21 June 1993

North Tawton

Designated: 1 August 1974

Okehampton

Designated: 18 October 1990

Princetown

Designated: 21 October 1993

Sampford Courtenay

Designated: 18 October 1990

South Tawton

Designated: 28 April 1972

South Zeal

Designated: 28 April 1972

Sticklepath

Designated: 21 June 1993

Stowford

Designated: 26 March 1993

Tavistock

Designated: 16 May 1969

Tavistock to Bere Alston Railway

Designated: 24 May 1991

Throwleigh

Designated: 8 February 1974

Walkhampton

Designated: 22 July 2013

Weir Quay

Designated: 8 January 1991

Whitchurch

Designated: 21 June 1993

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