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Conservation areas

There are currently 41 conservation areas in Islington. A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. The special character of these areas does not come from the quality of their buildings alone. The area as a whole, including historic layout of roads, paths and boundaries; characteristic building and paving materials; a particular 'mix' of building uses; landscape and tree cover in public and private spaces all make up the familiar local scene. Conservation area designation is a way of protecting these special parts of the borough and ensuring that any new development is sensitive to their historic character.

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What does designation mean?

Conservation areas enjoy special protection under the law. The council has extra controls over demolition, minor developments and the protection of trees. Within a conservation area you will need to apply for planning permission for total or substantial demolition of any building and may also need permission to carry out minor alterations or extensions such as roof alterations or erecting dormer windows or satellite dishes. Additionally you must give the Council six weeks notice, in writing, before any work is carried out to prune or fell a tree in a conservation area. For Conservation Area Design Guidelines (CADG), please see related information below.

Reference Conservation area Date of conservation area designation

Date of last amendment/extension

Date that current CADG adopted
 CA1 Clerkenwell Green  19/11/1968 19/11/1996 January 2002
 CA2 New River  19/11/1968 26/07/2005 January 2002
 CA3 Duncan Terrace/Colebrooke Row  07/01/1969 14/11/1991 January 2002
 CA4 Arlington Square  07/01/1969 01/04/1994 January 2002
 CA5 Highbury Fields  07/01/1969 05/02/1990 January 2002
 CA6 St Mary Magdalene  07/01/1969 17/11/2004 October 2003
 CA7 Whitehall Park  18/02/1969 14/08/2001 January 2002
 CA8 Canonbury  18/02/1969 23/01/2001 January 2002
 CA9 Charterhouse Square  18/02/1969 01/04/1994  January 2002
 CA10 Barnsbury  01/04/1969 22/04/2004 January 2002
 CA11 Tufnell Park  23/06/1970 20/05/1993 January 2002
 CA12 Newington Green  28/07/1970 06/03/2014 March 2014
 CA13 Cross Street  28/07/1970 12/03/1992 January 2002
 CA14 Keystone Crescent  28/07/1970 16/11/1995 January 2002
 CA15 Highbury New Park  11/02/1975 06/11/2002 January 2002
 CA16 St Luke's  11/02/1975 16/02/2004 February 2004
 CA17 Regent's Canal West  27/01/1981 N/A January 2002
 CA18 The Angel  28/04/1981 14/11/1991 January 2002
 CA19 Upper Street (North)  04/07/1985 19/06/2001 January 2002
 CA20 Chiswell Street  19/09/1985 01/04/1994 January 2002
 CA21 King's Cross  27/03/1986 20/02/2001 January 2002
 CA22 Bunhill Fields and Finsbury Square  21/04/1987 09/12/2002 December 2002
 CA23 East Canonbury  26/06/1989 25/02/2003 January 2002
 CA24 Mercers Road/Tavistock Terrace  25/07/1989 12/02/2008 December 2007
 CA25 Tollington Park  25/07/1989 09/11/2004 January 2002
 CA26 Hat and Feathers  06/11/1989 29/01/1997 January 2002
 CA27 Aberdeen Park  05/02/1990 N/A January 2002
 CA28 St John's Grove  23/04/1990 12/02/2008 February 2008
 CA29 Northampton Square  18/09/1990 N/A January 2002
 CA30 Highgate Hill/Hornsey Lane  13/11/1990 25/07/2000 January 2002
 CA31 Moorfields  13/11/1990 N/A January 2002
 CA32 Hillmarton  13/11/1990 30/04/2004 January 2002
 CA33 Chapel Market/Penton Street  21/03/1991 N/A January 2002
 CA34 Rosebery Avenue  21/05/1992 13/01/2003 January 2003
 CA35 Kingsbury Road  07/10/1996 N/A January 2002
 CA36 Sotheby Road  08/02/2000 N/A January 2002
 CA37 Priory Green  19/09/2000 N/A February 2003
 CA38 Calabria Road  14/10/2002 06/11/2002 June 2003
 CA39 Stroud Green  14/12/2006 N/A December 2007
 CA40 Whistler Street  06/09/2007 N/A January 2008
 CA41 Holborn Union Infirmary  05/09/2013 N/A March 2014

Article 4(2) Directions

Article 4(2) Directions are made following public consultation, when further control of development in a conservation area is desirable to preserve its special character and appearance. If your property is covered by an Article 4(2) Direction you may be required to apply for planning permission to carry out minor alterations or home improvements such as changing external doors and windows or painting brickwork on the outside of a property. 

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