Conservation Areas in Bournemouth
Areas of special architectural and historical importance
Conservation areas are designated because we think that their particular character is valuable and should be preserved. Where development is proposed in a conservation area – whether it is alterations to an existing building or development of new buildings – it should be in keeping with the special character of that area. There are specific policies in the Local Plan relating to development in conservation areas.
If your property is in a conservation area, the kind of minor work that you can carry out without planning permission is also more limited than elsewhere. Further advice on permitted development in conservation areas is available on the planning portal website or you can use our enquiry service. Conservation areas are shown hatched in blue on the maps below.
How we assess Conservation Areas
Character studies help us to understand the historic nature and importance of the area. They are helpful if an appraisal hasn’t been carried out, but they don’t fully reflect best practice guidance and latest policy, which may have changed since the study was completed.
Conservation area appraisals are more in depth than character studies and identify the key features that make the area significant. When preparing conservation area appraisals, we will also produce management plans. These set out the way in which development pressure and neglect will be managed to ensure conservation areas retain the qualities that led to their designation.
We are working towards producing appraisals and management plans for all of Bournemouth’s conservation areas.
Bournemouth currently has twenty conservation areas, which are listed below with links to the available guidance documents.