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Conservation areas

Information about conservation areas, and how we conserve and improve areas of character

Conservation areas

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.

View conservation area boundaries

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
Conservation area character statements
Conservation area Character statement
Boughton View statement
Brancaster View statement
Burnham Market View statement
Burnham Norton View statement
Burnham Overy Mills View statement
Burnham Overy Staithe View statement
Burnham Overy Town View statement
Burnham Thorpe View statement
Castle Acre View statement
Castle Rising View statement
Dersingham View statement
Docking View statement
Downham Market View statement
East Rudham View statement
Fincham View statement
Flitcham View statement
Fring View statement
Great Massingham View statement
Heacham View statement
Hockwold-cum-Wilton View statement
Holme Next the Sea View statement
Hunstanton View statement
King's Lynn - Friars Area View statement
King's Lynn - Walks Area View statement
King's Lynn - Norfolk Street Area View statement
King's Lynn - St Nicholas Area View statement
King's Lynn - St Margaret's Area View statement
King's Lynn - Appendix One View statement
King's Lynn - Appendix Two View statement
Methwold View statement
New Houghton View statement
Nordelph View statement
North Creake View statement
Northwold View statement
Old Hunstanton View statement
Pentney/Narborough View statement
Ringstead View statement
Sedgeford View statement
Shouldham View statement
Shouldham Thorpe View statement
Snettisham View statement
South Creake View statement
Stoke Ferry View statement
Terrington St Clement View statement
Thornham View statement
Titchwell View statement
Tottenhill Row View statement
Upwell View statement
Wereham View statement
Wimbotsham View statement

New developments

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:

  • landscaping
  • planting schemes
  • paving
  • lighting
  • 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:

  • painting
  • 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.

Further information

For further information, please visit Historic England, or visit the Planning Portal conservation areas webpage. We also have a guidance leaflet, 'The effects of conservation area designation'.

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.