Conservation areas are places of historical or architectural importance that we want to preserve or enhance. These are not like listed buildings as there are no national standards or grades. Local authorities decide which areas to protect.
In Hull there are 26 conservation areas -
- Anlaby Park
- Avenues and Pearson Park
- Beverley High Road
- Beverley Road
- Coltman Street
- Cottingham Road
- Ella Street
- Garden Village
- Georgian New Town
- Hessle Road
- Holderness Road (east)
- Holderness Road (west)
- Jameson Street
- Marfleet Village
- Newland Park
- Old Town
- Prince's Avenue
- Spring Bank
- Spring Bank West
- St. Andrew's Dock
- Sutton Village
The mapping system shows the location of each conservation area.
We put together a character appraisal for each area saying what is special about it. You can see these and large scale maps showing the boundaries of all the conservation areas at The Guildhall, Alfred Gelder Street.
Please make a prior appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download some of the character appraisals at the bottom of this page.
What if I live or work in a conservation area?
There are tighter planning controls and obligations in conservation areas that affect demolition work, new development, trees, alterations, additions and extensions, advertisements and signs.
Generally you will need planning permission to demolish unlisted buildings and walls in a conservation area (listed buildings require listed building consent). The main exceptions to this are -
- the partial demolition of an unlisted building
- small unlisted buildings of less than 115 cubic metres (4061cubic feet) volume or any part of such a building, other than a pre-1925 tombstone/monument/memorial to a deceased person
- unlisted walls, fences and railings less than one metre (three feet three inches) high where next to a public open space or highway (including footpaths or bridleways), or less than two metres (six feet six inches) high in other places
- unlisted agricultural or forestry buildings built after 1914
New development can take place in conservation areas, but it should aim to preserve and enhance the character of the area. This can be achieved through sympathetic conversions of existing buildings and good design.
All trees in conservation areas have special protection, even if they are not covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). You will be committing an offence if you cut down, lop, uproot and wilfully destroy a tree in a conservation area without first giving us six weeks' notice in writing. We will consider what you want to do, the health and age of the tree and the contribution it makes to the character of the area before allowing you to go ahead or imposing a TPO.
You do not need consent for -
- work on dead, dying or dangerous trees - but you will need to give notice first
- work done by or for certain statutory undertakers
- pruning fruit trees in accordance with good horticultural practice
- work authorised by planning permission
- work to trees with a trunk diameter less than 7.5cm (three inches) - (ie a circumference of 24cm (9.5 inches), or 10 centimetres (four inches) if thinning to help the growth of other trees, when measured 1.5 metres (four ft 11 inches) above ground level.
Alterations, additions and extensions (housing*)
Various alterations, additions and extensions can be made to houses, subject to limitations. In addition to these normal planning requirements, the following will always require Planning Permission in Conservation Areas -
- the cladding of any part of the exterior of a house
- side extensions
- rear extensions of more than one storey
- the enlargement of a house consisting of an addition or alteration to its roof, for example dormers
- buildings, enclosures, containers and pools at the side of a house
- chimneys, flues or soil and vent pipes installed on the principal elevation or a side elevation where they front a highway
- satellite dishes installed on a chimney, wall or roof slope which faces onto, and is visible from, a highway, or installed on a building which exceeds 15m in height
Article 4 Directions
Householders can normally make minor alterations to their houses without requiring planning permission. This is called permitted development. However in some areas, mainly conservation areas, we have removed some of these rights by making Article 4 Directions. There are 21 Article 4 Directions in place in Hull. This does not in itself prohibit any action, but means that the householder must seek planning permission before carrying out certain works.
Please visit the Planning Portal - the government's online service to planning - for a guide to planning permission and building regulations around your home.
Please note, for businesses see the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) booklet
Advertisements and signs
You need additional consent for all illuminated advertisements in a conservation area, except for medical supplies or services. This will be in addition to normal requirements.
If you want to demolish, either totally or partially, any building in a conservation area you will need consent from Hull City Council - even if the building is not listed. There are some minor exceptions to this.
Not sure if the building is part of a conservation area? Contact us - our details are at the bottom of this page.
Conservation area character appraisals
In designating conservation areas, it is vital that the special interest justifying conservation area status is clearly defined and analysed in a written appraisal of its character and appearance. This is important for assisting the management and development control process for the area.
Beyond their use as planning tools, appraisals also have a much wider application as educational and informative documents for the local community, and for property owners contemplating alterations or repairs.
It must be remembered, however, that no appraisal can ever be completely comprehensive and the omission of any particular building, feature or space should not be taken to imply that it is of no interest or value.