Westminster has 56 designated Conservation Areas 'of special architectural and historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance'. They are designated to recognise and protect the unique character of some of Westminster's most distinctive areas of townscape.
Within conservation areas, certain additional planning controls apply. You will need to apply for planning permission for demolition and for some alterations or extensions that would not normally need permission outside a conservation area. You must give us six weeks notice, in writing, before any work is carried out to prune or fell a tree in a conservation area
you can find out if a property is in a conservation area using our online map.
Further information and publications for each area, includings downloadable maps, conservation area audits and mini guides, can be accessed below:
Adelphi | Albert Gate | Aldridge and Leamington Road Villas | Bayswater | Belgravia | Birdcage Walk | Broadway and Christchurch Gardens | Charlotte Street West | Chinatown | Churchill Gardens | Cleveland Street | Covent Garden | Dolphin Square | Dorset Square | East Marylebone | Fisherton Street Estate | Grosvenor Gardens | Hallfield Estate | Hanway Street | Harley Street | Haymarket | Knightsbridge | Knightsbridge Green | Leicester Square | Lillington and Longmoore Gardens | Lisson Grove | Maida Vale | Mayfair | Medway Street | Millbank | Molyneux Street | Paddington Green | Page Street | Peabody Avenue | Peabody Estates: South Westminster | Pimlico | Portman Estate | Queens Park Estate | Queensway | Regency Street | Regent Street | Regent's Park | Royal Parks | Savoy | Smith Square | Soho | St James's | St John's Wood | Strand | Stratford Place | Trafalgar Square | Vincent Square | Westbourne | Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square | Westminster Cathedral | Whitehall
|The following guides have been produced by the council:|
|Conservation Areas - A Guide for Property Owners (397kb)|
|Development And Demolition in Conservation Areas (884kb)|
|Map of Conservation Areas (PDF - Feb 13)|
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