Conservation Areas in Milton Keynes
Conservation Area Review Programme
Each local planning authority has a statutory duty to review its conservation areas from time to time. Reviewing conservation areas ensures that the written appraisal and boundary map for each designated area is up to date.
New developments at the edges of a conservation area can mean features used to define the original boundary of a conservation area have changed making it necessary to make adjustments. Sometimes new information can lead to a better understanding of a place making it appropriate to redraw the boundary to include the contribution made by buildings on the periphery, or exclude those that no longer make the contribution that they did.
The Council is engaged in reviewing all 27 of its conservation areas (a map showing these can be found at the bottom of this page). At the beginning of each review officers contact ward members, town/parish councils and, where appropriate, local stakeholders to discuss the existing conservation area. Each review then undergoes a period of public consultation of six weeks after which the final document is produced and adopted by the Council.
What Are Conservation Areas?
Conservation areas are designated areas that possess “a special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”.
Milton Keynes has 27 conservation areas, including building, open spaces, cemeteries, historic street patterns and local centres.
What Does It Mean?
Residents and businesses in a conservation area must play their part in preserving and enhancing the unique character that led to the designation. The Council will encourage high-quality design for all development in a conservation area, to ensure that it makes a positive contribution to the character.
How Are They Reviewed?
Milton Keynes Council has a legal obligation to periodically consider areas that have special architectural and historic interest, meaning they should be preserved or enhanced as conservation areas. The Council will engage local community representatives including ward members, parish councils and stakeholder group before preparing a draft document. These will undergo a public consultation, the feedback on which will be used to inform a final document that will be adopted by delegated decision.
Conservation Area Appraisals
We follow advice from the Government and English Heritage in conducting conservation area appraisals and consulting the public. These appraisals include an analysis and account of the area, including an explanation of why the areas has been designated and our approach to preservation and enhancement.
Conservation area appraisals are intended to guide people who want to develop and change the area, as well as the council in assessing proposals.
Existing Conservation Area Appraisals in Milton Keynes
Last Updated: 26 May 2021