Have your say on proposed extensions and new conservation areas in the borough

Release Date: 06 December 2017

Local residents are invited to have their say on plans to extend and create a number of new conservation areas in Barnes and Mortlake.

Richmond upon Thames has a strong reputation for protecting its historic environment, which is why we are proposing to extend four existing conservation areas and create one new conservation area in the borough. There are currently 75 designated conservation areas in the borough that help to protect and promote the borough’s historic environment and heritage assets.

Conservation areas are special groups of buildings or areas designated for their architectural quality. They ensure that extra emphasis is given to their special character, history and development, and also to their preservation and/or enhancement when making decisions on planning applications or other development proposals that could impact on an area.

Within these areas new development will be required to conserve or enhance the character and appearance. Certain permitted development rights, which allow people to make minor changes to their home without planning permission, are restricted and curtailed within conservation areas to ensure that the character of the area is not eroded slowly over time. Additionally, permission will need to be sought before any demolition works or felling of trees takes place in these areas.

The proposed changes would see existing conservation areas extended in Barnes and in Mortlake, and a new conservation area would also established in Barnes. 

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet member for Environment, Business and Community said:

“Our residents are quite rightly proud of the historical character and beauty of our borough. Throughout our Village Planning sessions residents have told us how important it is to protect the character of their local area and that’s what these proposals do. 

“If you live in or frequent these parts of the borough I encourage you to have your say before the deadline.” 

The consultation runs until 17 January 2018.

Have your say online.

For more information on conservation areas, visit the Historic England website

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Lyle Skipsey on 020 8487 5182. 

Reference: P564/17

Updated: 15 December 2017