West Berkshire Council

Conservation Area Appraisals

How the special architectural and historical character of an area is defined

The council has a duty to clearly define why an area has been designated as a Conservation Area, to outline its special interest, and to publish proposals for its preservation and enhancement.

We use a Conservation Area Appraisal (CAA) to achieve this. It helps everyone to understand the history of a particular area and why it is special.

Once a CAA has been adopted by the council it then acts as a framework that guides future development in the Conservation Area.

A programme of CAAs is underway for the 53 Conservation Areas in West Berkshire. This is a long-term project - so far two CAAs have been adopted for:

Please also see ourpdf icon guidance and frequently asked questions [127kb] about Conservation Areas.

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