Conservation areas - East Dorset
The district has many attractive villages and other areas of special architectural or historic interest. In order to protect their character and appearance these have been designated as conservation areas by East Dorset District Council.
We undertake the designation and periodic review of Conservation Areas and provide design advice on planning applications that may affect their character.
When considering applications for development within conservation areas, the district council pays special attention to the desirability of preserving or enhancing their character or appearance.
We have carried out detailed studies of each of the conservation areas which have been published as Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG). These appraisals identify those environmental elements that contribute towards the unique character of each area.
The appraisals will be used as background information in judging how individual development proposals will affect the special character of each area. Any proposal that has an adverse effect on these features will not be permitted. Proposals that can be seen to enhance the conservation area, subject to other prevailing planning policies, will be encouraged.