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 54 Conservation Areas within Hambleton District (49 outside the National Park). You can find a list of conservation areas and the date of designation here:

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:

Other Conservation Areas:

Please note - this is not an exhaustive list

Hambleton Market Towns Design Guide

The adopted Design Guide SPD provides guidance on acceptable development within the Market Towns. This can be found here:

Sessay Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan

Sessay Parish Council with assistance from Hambleton District Council prepared a draft Conservation Area Appraisal which proposed to designate a Conservation Area for Sessay. Consultation of the proposed Area took place from the end of April until June 2017.

Copies of the consultation documents can be seen here:

Following the consultation a revised Conservation Area Appraisal was prepared and can be viewed here:

The council designated Sessay as a conservation area on 12 December 2017. A map showing the conservation area boundary can be seen here,

Alternatively you can see the boundary on the Interactive Conservation Map (See Below)

If you have any questions regarding the Sessay Conservation Area please contact Planning Policy team 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 

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