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



  Area Documents
Bletchley (PDF, 368KB) 26.2.1992   24.174 ha  



    Bradwell Revised Boundary & Principal Features (PDF, 1.1MB)
Broughton (PDF, 89KB) 8.2.1978   4.104 ha Review (PDF, 2.2MB)
Calverton (PDF, 147KB)



    Review (PDF, 17.4MB)
Castlethorpe (PDF, 162KB) 6.3.1972   14.288 ha  
Clifton Reynes (PDF, 123KB) 31.10.1979   4.268 ha  
Emberton (PDF, 140KB) 8.3.1971   10.585 ha  
Great Linford



    Gt. Linford Revised Boundary & Principal Features (PDF, 3.4MB)
Hanslope (PDF, 179KB) 31.10.1979   8.448 ha  
Lavendon (PDF, 121KB) 31.10.1979   7.959 ha  
Little Brickhill (PDF, 171KB) 22.3.2007   29.637 ha Appraisal (PDF, 4.2MB)
Loughton (JPG, 374KB) 10.03.2015     Review (PDF, 3.9MB)

Milton Keynes




    MK Village Revised Boundary & Principal Features (PDF, 894KB)
Newport Pagnell (PDF, 2.2MB) 10.3.1969   30.969 ha Review (PDF, 5.6MB)
Newton Blossomville (PDF, 127KB) 14.9.1970   9.458 ha  
North Crawley (PDF, 123KB) 14.9.1970   26.671 ha  
Olney (PDF, 679KB) 10.3.1969   26.671 ha  
Ravenstone (PDF, 376KB) 14.9.1970   18.046 ha  
Shenley Church End



    Shenley Church End Revised Boundary & Principal Features (PDF, 1021KB)
Sherington (PDF, 162KB) 8.1.1973   16.147 ha  
Stoke Goldington (PDF, 136KB) 15.3.1974   8.126 ha  
Stony Stratford (PDF, 1MB) 6.8.1975   25.015 ha  
Weston Underwood (PDF, 137KB) 10.3.1969   13.761 ha  
Willen (PDF, 128KB) 8.2.1978   5.018 ha  
Woburn Sands (PDF, 197KB) 17.6.2003   13.168 ha Review (PDF, 7.3MB)
Wolverton (PDF, 492KB) 4.9.2001   75.969 ha Review (PDF, 7.7MB)
Woughton-On-The-Green (PDF, 124KB) 8.2.1978   17.526 ha  

Last Updated: 26 May 2021