Conservation Areas are defined as areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. The Council has a duty to determine from time to time which parts of its area are of special interest and designate them as conservation areas. The decision to designate a proposed conservation area rests with the Council; however it must consult with the local community prior to designation and have regard to the representations received. Designation does not prevent change but is intended to provide the basis for the positive management of an area and for planning authorities to bring forward proposals for their preservation or enhancement.
There are 12 such areas within the Borough which generally contain a high proportion of surviving historic buildings or are particularly attractive in appearance. They are designated because of their special architectural or historic interest. The Council has produced Character Appraisals and Management Plans for each conservation area which assess and define what makes them so special.
Abercrombie Street CA Map.pdf
Abercrombie Street Appraisal.pdf
Barrow Hill CA Map.pdf
Barrow Hill Appraisal.pdf
Brimington CA Map.pdf
Chatsworth Road Conservation Area
Chatsworth Road Adopted CA Map.pdf
Chatsworth Road Appraisal.pdf
Newbold (Eyre Chapel)
Newbold (Eyre Chapel) CA Map.pdf
Newbold (Eyre Chapel) Appraisal.pdf
Old Whittington CA Map.pdf
Old Whittington Appraisal.pdf
Queens Park CA Map.pdf
Queens Park Appraisal.pdf
Spencer Street / Brickyard Walk
Spencer Street CA Map.pdf
Spencer Street Appraisal.pdf
Somersall, Hall & Avenue
Somersall CA Map.pdf
Staveley, Church & Hall
Staveley CA Map.pdf
Town Centre CA Map.pdf
Town Centre Appraisal.pdf
Church Close (within Town Centre)
Church Close CA Map.pdf
Development controlled by Conservation Area designation includes:
• New development e.g. construction of new buildings;
• Extensions and alterations of existing buildings;
• The demolition of existing buildings and structures – demolition requires conservation area consent;
• The siting of advertisements;
• The installation of solar panels and wind turbines;
• The siting of satellite dishes;
• Works to trees requiring notice to be given to the Council;
• Minor developments (such as stone-cladding or hard-standings).
Article 4 Directions
In addition to conservation area designations the Council can impose Article 4 Directions which restrict permitted development rights for works which would ordinarily be permitted without planning permission. The Direction itself does not prohibit any action but means that a landowner is required to seek planning consent whereas without the Direction this would not be necessary.
In Chesterfield there are three Article 4 Directions in force, which control works in particular conservation area designation; and one Article 4 Direction in force for a site elsewhere in the borough.
Abercrombie Street Conservation Area
Barrow Hill Conservation Area
Town Centre Conservation Area
Upper Newbold Close / Moorhay Close and Water Meadow Lane
The document below details each of the four Article 4 Directions alphabetically and indicates exactly what permitted development rights have been removed / restricted.
Article 4 Direction Table.pdf