What is a conservation area?

A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, with character or appearance that is desirable to preserve or enhance.  The first conservation areas were designated in 1967 under the Civic Amenities Act, and there are now nearly 10,000 in England.

There are currently 60 conservation areas in Cherwell, reflecting the high quality environment of the district.  Conservation areas are designated for many of the villages as well as for the market towns of Banbury and Bicester.  Conservation area designation has also been afforded to the Oxford Canal as it runs through the district and two former military airbases RAF Upper Heyford and RAF Bicester.

Conservation area appraisals are prepared for each conservation area.  These document the character and importance of the area and include a management plan to help preserve or enhance the area.  All appraisals undergo public consultation so we can incorporate the views of people living and working in these areas.  The appraisals form an important part of the planning process.