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​Conservation Areas

A conservation area is defined as “an area of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance” and are fine examples of the City’s unique and varied heritage. They invariably have a concentration of historic buildings​ many of which are Listed Buildings and their character and attraction comprise more than buildings alone. A conservation area, therefore, protects the whole area and not just the buildings within it. Therefore these areas are important parts of the City’s heritage, which the Council is committed to preserving and enhancing.

Conservation areas are designated under the provisions of Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. The aim of designation is to control and manage change to conserve what is special about the area and, where possible, improve it. Change within conservation areas is controlled in order to maintain the areas' special character and appearance. Conservation Area Consent or planning permission may be needed to carry out some alterations and demolition and you may also need to inform us if you carry out any work to trees in a conservation area.

In total the Council has adopted 14 Conservation Areas in Gloucester. You can access these from myGloucester​. Conservation Areas 1-13 were subject to a review during 2006/07. The review involved a two-stage consultation process (April/May 2006 and January 2007), which included amendments to some of the boundaries, renaming of some of the areas, and the designation of two new Conservation Areas. Management proposals for the future were also developed. On 20 September 2007 all 13 Conservation Areas Appraisals were adopted by Full Council as interim planning guidance. More recently, the Council has undertaken consultation on another Conservation Area, to be located around the Denmark Road area of the City. Again, this has been subject to a two-stage consultation process (January 2008 and August/September 2008). The Denmark Road Conservation Area was adopted by Full Council on 27 November 2008.

Download a guide on Conservation Areas in Gloucester here. This covers many topics, including what they are and why they are designated, through to the procedure for carrying out work in a designated Conservation Area.

Conservation Area Appraisal and Management documents for all of Gloucester’s Conservation Areas can also be downloaded by clicking on the relevant links below.

2013 Review of Conservation Area 2 – Southgate Street

It is recognised that conservation areas need to be continually reviewed in order to assess the effectiveness and success of the policies contained within the Appraisal and Management documents, and also to reflect on any changes in the area, either positive or negative. In 2013 a review of the Southgate Street Conservation Area Appraisal and Management document was undertaken. The choice of Southgate Street as the first area to be reviewed in this round resulted in part from the opportunities arising out of the Southgate Street Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI); this is a heritage-led regeneration programme, funded jointly by Heritage Lottery Fund and Gloucester City Council. The THI will enable significant restoration works to be undertaken to key buildings within the area through grant assistance, including many actions identified within the Conservation Area Appraisal and Management document; these include restoration / reinstatement of traditional timber windows, doors and railings, plus repairs to the external structure of properties.

The review document can be inspected by clicking on the link above for Area 2 – Southgate Street.

It is planned to undertake further reviews of the other Conservation Area Appraisal and Management documents as resources permit.​

Article 4 Directions

The effect of an Article 4 direction is that planning permission is required for a given range of works that could affect the external appearance of properties in a Conservation Area. Usually such works are outside the scope of normal planning controls. This does not necessarily mean that planning permission will be refused. It does, however, allow the Council to retain more control. No planning application fee is payable for applications made necessary because of an Article 4 direction.

In Gloucester there are currently two Article 4 directions in force, at St Michael's Square and Southgate Street Conservation Area. To find out which properties are affected and what it means in terms of planning consent you can view information here​.



Trees can make an important contribution to the character and appearance of a Conservation Area. Some are protected by Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's), but all trees in a Conservation Area with a trunk diameter of more than 7.5cm, when measured 1.5 metres from the ground, are protected.

Anyone wishing to undertake work on one of these trees must notify the Council who then must decide whether the tree should be given a TPO within six weeks of receiving notification. You can download a Notification of Works to Trees in a Conservation Area form here.