Information about conservation areas, and how we conserve and improve areas of character
Conservation areas can cover:
- the whole or part of a village
- part of a town
- a single street
They are areas of distinct character, which we wish to conserve and improve.
There are now 44 conservation areas in West Norfolk. They range from large conservation areas covering the older parts of central King's Lynn, to the conservation area at Burnham Overy Mills covering a small group of important buildings on the North Coast.
You can view the conservation area boundaries on a map, using our 'find my nearest' facility.
Conservation Area Character Statements
We have published Conservation Area Character Statements for the areas below. Each Character Statement in our table gives information about the conservation area, including:
- it's origins
- it's historical development
- an area map
Any new development in a conservation area will need to be of a high standard. It will need to fit in with the character of the area, and we will give special attention to this. We'll also give the same considerations to more minor proposals, such as extensions. These can spoil the appearance of a conservation area unless carefully handled. We also place importance on the quality of:
- planting schemes
- street furniture and advertisements
Article 4 Direction
In King's Lynn, and New Houghton, there are stricter controls because an Article 4 Direction applies. This means that any external alterations to buildings must have planning permission before the work is carried out. This includes:
- replacement window frames
- different roof tiles
- external cladding to walls
- new garages, sheds or outbuildings
Trees in conservation areas
In designated conservation areas, six weeks’ notice is required before carrying out any work to, or felling a tree. For further information please see our Trees in conservation areas page.
St Margaret's Conservation Area
We have recently secured funding to improve and enhance the St Margaret's Conservation Area. Further information can be found on own Townscape Heritage Initiative page.
Shop fronts guide
You can find out about appropriate shop fronts in conservation areas, in our shop front guide.