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If you live in a conservation area, you must make sure that any changes you make to your property through repairs, maintenance or alterations, are in keeping with the character of the building and the area. You should take care to match original materials and methods of construction and avoid damaging or removing features of historic or architectural value.
Unsympathetic alterations, for example, replacing original windows with UPVC windows or windows of a different design, removing chimneys or changing the original roofing materials may not only spoil the appearance of the conservation area, but may also significantly reduce the value of the property. Independent studies show that houses with their original period features can sell for more than those which have been unsympathetically modernised.
Our conservation officers may be able to advise you and your builder about the best methods and materials to be used in repairing and maintaining your property, for example, they can recommend types of brick or roofing materials that are in keeping with the property and the area.
Whilst some alterations may be carried out without the need for planning permission, some conservation areas have restricted permitted development rights.