Berkhamsted Conservation Area Consultation

by paulcrosland on October 5, 2012

Dacorum Borough Council is inviting your comments on the draft Berkhamsted Conservation Area Character Appraisal which is open for consultation from 1 October to 9 November 2012. The document identifies the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and includes proposals for extending the boundaries of the Conservation Area, providing a list of locally listed buildings and making recommendations for Article 4 Directions in the Conservation Area. The Report and Appendices can be viewed by following these links: and

deetv has produced a short film on the subject of the Consultation which you can view by clicking this link:

What is a Conservation Area ?
A conservation area is ‘An area of special architectural or historic interest – the character of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance’, Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

Conservation areas are based on areas of architectural and historic interest which will include individual buildings, groups of buildings or landscape features. It is the quality and interest of areas in their entirety, rather than that of individual buildings or features, which defines the special character of a conservation area.

Space between buildings – roads, footpaths, greens, squares, courtyards, paving and historic surfaces, ponds, rivers together with enclosing features – buildings, trees, hedges, walls, railings, and also details such as shopfronts, street furniture, signage – all contribute to the ‘special interest’, identity and individuality of the conservation area. Views into, within and out of conservation areas can be important and sometimes a defining characteristic.

What is a Conservation Area Appraisal ?
A conservation area appraisal defines, summarises and gives value and significance to the features and elements of special interest within a conservation area. In doing so it will help inform decision-making within the local authority and help them in their duty to formulate and publish proposals for the preservation and enhancement of conservation areas.

Any questions ?

If you have any queries regarding this survey please contact James Moir, Lead Conservation Officer at Dacorum Borough Council on 01442 228163 (Mondays and Wednesdays only) or alternatively email

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