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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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