Published 17 May 2017

Living in a conservation area

When imagining a conservation area, many of us picture perfect rows of chocolate box cottages in unspoilt villages - this is not always the case - there are many other areas in West Sussex controlled by conservation orders, for instance Chichester City Centre and Selsey High Street.

Many of you will already be aware of tree preservation orders in place within conservation areas which govern the felling and lopping of certain species. You may not however be familiar with the fact the property is protected too in order to preserve the historical significance of buildings and the external facade of properties. 

Your legal representative will establish if the property you are purchasing is within a conservation area and will be able to guide you regarding the restrictions applied to the property. Likewise the local authority search will reveal is any trees on or near the property you are buying are protected.

If you live in a conservation area, you do have a say in how the area is managed, communities often work hand in hand with the local council.



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