Conservation areas

A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, and the local council is responsible for identifying, designating and reviewing these areas. Find out more about Knowsley’s conservation areas and planning requirements here.

What is a conservation area

A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest with a character or appearance that it is desirable to preserve or enhance.  Knowsley Council has a statutory duty to review its area from time to time and accordingly designate new areas, or review the boundaries of existing conservation areas. 

Conservation areas are varied in their character.  They may for example include the historic parts of a town or village, have an important industrial past, or include historic parks. 

Such areas will include some historic buildings, and some may be listed.  However, it is the quality and interest of the area as a whole, which is the reason for the designation.  In addition to historic buildings other features which are likely to contribute to the character or historic interest of conservation areas include the spaces around buildings, views and vistas, historic street patterns, gardens (public and private), historic elements of the public realm, trees and field systems, and the setting of the conservation area. 

In order to protect the special interest of conservation areas, new development, works of demolition and work to trees are subject to tighter restrictions within the planning system. Some conservation areas are subject to an Article 4 Direction, which further restricts what works can be carried out without permission. 

To find out if a property is in a conservation area please use the online mapping system, or contact Planning Services at for clarification.

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