Conservation areas

Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest. Since 1971 we have designated 45 conservation areas covering around half of the borough.

Map of conservation areas

PDF map of the conservation areas (pdf)

The Grand Union Canal conservation area was designated on 2 July 2002 by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. From 1 April 2015 the whole of the conservation area falls within the Old Oak Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) which is a new local planning authority established by the Mayor of London.

Designation 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 associated protections.

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.

Character profiles have been produced for around half of the borough’s conservation areas, which describe the special interest, character and appearance of each 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.

A map and character profile (where it has been produced) for each conservation area are available to download via the links below.

Printed copies of the character profiles are also available to buy for £5 each in person at the Town Hall Extension or for £6 each by post. Please email: or telephone: 020 8753 1081 to order a printed copy.