Conservation areas

Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest. We have designated 44 conservation areas covering around half of the borough.

Map of conservation areas

Conservation area extensions July 2017

The Barclay Road and Lakeside/Sinclair/Blythe Road Conservation Areas were extended on 18th July 2017. The boundaries of Brook Green, Melrose and Walham Green Conservation Areas were also amended from 18th July 2017. Details of the changes are available using the links below:

Map of boundary changes to Barclay Road and Walham Green Conservation Areas (pdf)

Map of boundary changes to Brook Green, Lakeside/Sinclair/Blythe Road and Melrose Conservation Areas (pdf)

Grand Union Canal Conservation Area and the OPDC

The Grand Union Canal Conservation Area was designated on 2 July 2002 by the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. From 1 April 2015 the whole of the Grand Union Canal Conservation Area falls within the area of the Old Oak Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), which is a new local planning authority established by the Mayor of London. Designation and management of conservation areas within the OPDC area is now the responsibility of the OPDC, but transition arrangements maintain the Grand Union Canal Conservation Area designation and its associated protections.

Conservation area controls and applications for demolition works

Additional controls apply to development, significant demolition works, the display of advertisements and works to trees in conservation areas. Some permitted development rights are restricted and you have to apply for planning permission to carry out those works.

From 1 October 2013 as a result of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 the requirement to obtain conservation area consent for significant demolition works in a conservation area has been replaced with a requirement to obtain planning permission for demolition instead. This means that a separate conservation area consent application for significant demolition works will no longer be required since most proposals for significant demolition works in conservation areas will be now assessed as part of the planning application for redevelopment of a site.

The extent of demolition works should be clearly marked on the demolition plans submitted with the planning application and a heritage statement will usually be required to assess the impact of the proposed demolition and redevelopment on the significance of the conservation area.

If the demolition works are not being carried out in association with the provision of a replacement building or boundary treatment, a separate planning permission will be required for the demolition works. The demolition of a building or structure in a conservation area without our consent will remain a criminal offence. For further advice please contact the Urban Design and Conservation Team.

Conservation area character profiles and maps

Character profiles have been produced for around half of the borough’s conservation areas, which describe the special interest, character and appearance of each conservation area. They also include broad design guidelines to help to preserve or enhance each conservation area, these support the design guidelines for all conservation areas which are are included in the Planning Guidance SPD. We are currently working on a programme to complete the remaining conservation area character profiles.

Adopted conservation area character profiles are available to view using the links below to each conservation area.  Separate PDF maps for each conservation area showing up to date boundaries are also available to view.

Contact us

To contact the Urban Design and Conservation Team please call 020 8753 1081 or email: