What are Conservation Areas?

"The Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990" gives Local Planning Authorities the power to designate Conservation Areas. These are areas that are;

Of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.

Milton Keynes Council has so far designated 27 conservation areas in the towns and villages within and surrounding the new town. There is no conservation area for Central Milton Keynes.

When determining planning applications for proposals within conservation areas, the Council must pay special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character and appearance of the conservation area, in accordance with Section 71 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

There are additional national and local planning policies that are taken into consideration when assessing proposals in conservation areas, including:

·        Section 12 of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012)

·        Saved Policy HE6 of the Milton Keynes Local Plan (2001-2011)

·        Policy CS13 of the Core Strategy (2013)

Please note that permitted development rights are more restricted in conservation areas, which means you may need to apply for planning permission for certain types of proposals that would not require an application in other areas.

More information can be found on the Conservation section of our site.


Last Updated: 28 November 2019