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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.

To see if you're in a conservation area, you can view the conservation area boundaries on a map, using our MyNearest facility. Please enter your postcode, select 'Planning' and then 'Conservation Areas'.

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

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

There are other Article 4 Areas within the borough and these can be found using MyNearest section of our website. Please enter your postcode, select 'Planning' and then 'Article 4 areas'.

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'.

Shop fronts guide

You can find out about appropriate shop fronts in conservation areas, in our shop front guide.