Conservation Areas have been in existence nationally since 1967. The Planning (listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 imposes a duty on the council to "...from time to time determine which part of their area are areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance..." There are currently 12 conservation areas in Sedgemoor. Each area is considered by the Council to have special qualities of local importance.
|List of Conservation Areas in Sedgemoor|
|Axbridge||17th April 1991|
|Burnham-on-Sea||27th January 1988|
|Bridgwater||18th September 1991|
|Cannington||18th September 1991|
|Cheddar||17th April 1991|
|Lympsham||9th December 1987|
|Nether Stowey||18th September 1991|
|Shapwick||18th September 1991|
|Spaxton||18th September 1991|
|Stone Allerton||17th April 1991|
|Weare||17th April 1991|
|Wedmore||17th April 1991|
The designation of a Conservation area limits the amount and type of alterations and extensions, which can be undertaken without the need for planning permission. It also introduces control over work to trees and any demolition. Any application for development which affects the Conservation Area, either within or adjacent to it, will be given careful consideration by the District Council to determine how it would affect the character of the area. Each planning application for development within the Conservation Area will be advertised in the local press, and a notice will be displayed at the site. Anyone can make their views about the proposal know to the District Council and all comments received will be taken into account.
Conservation area designation protects all trees within the boundary from topping, lopping or felling by requiring owners to give the District Council six weeks notice of their intention to carry out any such tree works.
During the 6 week period the Local Authority may make the tree the subject of a Tree Preservation Order and thereby fully protect the tree. It is an offence to carry out the work without the consent of Sedgemoor District Council.
To view decisions relating to works to trees in conservation areas please click on 'Planning Online' link below.
To find out if a tree is in a conversation area please, use see Interactive Mapping Online.
You do not have to give the Local Authority six weeks' notice:
Please use our Interactive Mapping Online Tool to produce a location plan and indicate the position of the trees requiring works.
There is no charge made by the Council to process an application. We recommend that wherever possible the advice of a qualified, competent and insured arborist is sought prior to submitting an application.