Conservation Areas

A conservation area is defined in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as: 'an area of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.'

There are a total of 27 conservation areas within the Mendip district. You can find out if your property is within a conservation area by using our online maps.

For further detailed advice the council has produced Icon for pdf What is a Conservation Area? [4.02MB]

The best way of defining the qualities of an area that make it worthy of conservation area status is by the production of a conservation area appraisal which help residents understand the history of an area and why it is special. It also provides a sound basis for development control decisions and for developing initiatives to improve the area.

All appraisals endorsed by the Planning Board to-date or currently out to consultation can be downloaded free of charge from this page.

Article 4 Directions

There are certain works which can be undertaken to a property without planning permission known as permitted development, which can have a harmful impact on the character of an area. To help preserve the special character of an area the council can serve an article 4 direction to remove particular permitted development rights, meaning that planning permission would be required for certain works.

Currently there are article 4 directions in place covering parts of Wells, Glastonbury and Buckland Dinham. For more information on article 4 directions please contact the heritage conservation section.

Please note that following legislative changes, a fee is now applicable for developments only requiring planning permission by reason of an article 4 direction removing permitted development rights.  This is applicable to all applications made on or after 17th January 2018.   

You can establish the relevant application fee by using The Planning Portal's online Fee Calculator Fee Calculator or referring to the Schedule of Fees.