A Conservation Area is an area designated by the Local Planning Authority as one of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. Special controls exist with regard to demolition of buildings, advertisements and the like within the Conservation Area. Listed Building Consent must also be obtained for any demolition, even if the building is not itself listed. Similarly, trees are treated more or less as if they were subject to a Tree Preservation Order. To work on trees within a Conservation Area a landowner or his agent needs to give six weeks notice in writing to the local authority.
Written consent should be obtained for any works to protected trees except for:
- cutting down any tree under a forestry dedication covenant or a plan of operations approved bt the Forestry Authority or where the Authority has granted a felling licence.
- cutting down or cutting back a tree which is dying, dead, or dangerous,
- or where there is an obligation under an Act of Parliament,
- or at the request of certain government departments or other organisations specified in the order, or
- which is directly in the way of development that is about to start for which detailed planning permission has been granted, or
- which is a fruit tree cultivated for fruit production, or
- to prevent or control a nuisance in the legal sense (you may find it helpful to check first with a solicitor)