An historic area of a town in which properties are protected by the local authority. Planning regulations are particularly tight in conservation areas, although property values are usually much higher due to the attractiveness of the Architecture.
An area designated by the local planning authority within which all buildings are protected from unauthorised demolition and all trees over three inches in diameter are protected from felling. Other alterations to building within a conservation area may also be controlled under an Article IV direction. There are approximately 10,000 conservation areas in the UK.
An area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance, designated under section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.