Conservation areas and listed buildings

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.

There are 53 Conservation Areas within Hambleton District (48 outside the National Park).

Further advice on development within Conservation Areas can be obtained from the Development Management Section on 01609 779977 or emailing

Permitted development

Buildings within a Conservation Area are subject to tighter planning controls than those outside such an area. As a result, many works to houses will require the benefit of planning permission, however there are still works which are considered 'permitted development'.

In certain circumstances, works which are considered permitted development may be harmful to the character and appearance of the area. In such cases the Council may consider making an Article 4 Direction to restrict 'permitted development rights'.

Article 4 Directions

Article 4 Directions are issued by the Council in circumstances where specific control over development is required, primarily where the character of an area of acknowledged importance would be threatened.

Each Article 4 Direction may differ in content, therefore you are advised to check the wording of the relevant direction for your area.

There are currently 10 Article 4 Directions within Hambleton District:

There are 5 Conservation Area Appraisals which cover the market towns of:

The adopted Design Guide SPD provides guidance on acceptable development within the Market Towns.

Sessay Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan

We are currently consulting on a Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan which will designate a Conservation Area for Sessay. The Council is assisting the Parish Council in implementing an objective from their Parish Plan and residents and members of the public can have their say on the content of the appraisal, the objectives of the management plan and the line of the boundary to be designated.

To have your say there will be an opportunity for you to discuss proposals and content with Parish Councillors between 1pm and 3pm 28 May at the Village Hall or to a public meeting 7pm 23 May in the Village Hall. A questionnaire is available to download which should be emailed to or posted to Planning Policy, Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Northallerton, DL6 2UU. The Conservation Area Appraisal will be available to view at the Council Offices in Northallerton and at Thirsk Library during normal opening hours.

For further information please contact Planning Policy on 01609 779977 or

Interactive conservation map

The following map shows the current Conservation Areas and Article 4 Directions.

Selecting a symbol will provide you with further information. 


Further information

Contact the Conservation Officer at or on 01609 779977