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Castlegate, CockermouthConservation areas

What is a conservation area?

A conservation area is a part of a town that by reason of its special architectural and or historic interest is thought to merit extra safeguards. There are a number of towns and villages within Allerdale that are designated as a conservation area. They are designated to seek to enhance them by discouraging development that would harm their character and encouraging development that would enhance.

Where are the conservation areas?

Within conservation areas the Council seeks to protect and enhance the character and expects special attention to be paid to design details of new developments.

Allerdale's 21 Conservation Areas were designated between 1974 and 2002:

  • Allonby (1975)
  • Blennerhasset (1981)
  • Bowness-on-Solway (1981)
  • Caldbeck (1984)
  • Cockermouth (1975)
  • Gamelsby (1981)
  • Greysouthen (1983)
  • Hayton (1981) 
  • Kirkbampton (1981)
  • Maryport (1981)
  • Mawbray (1981)
  • Papcastle (1983)
  • Port Carlisle (1981)
  • St. Michaels, Workington (2002)
  • Silloth (1978)
  • Torpenhow (1981)
  • Westnewton (1981)
  • West Curthwaite (1981)
  • Wigton (1977)
  • Portland Square, Workington (1974)
  • Brow Top, Workington (1974)

You can enter your property details in the My Property address search on our website. Under the Environment heading of the results for your property, it will tell you if your property is in a conservation area.

Conservation Area Appraisals

All conservation areas are subject to periodical appraisals to ensure that they are still fit for purpose. Currently appraisals have been completed on:

  • Cockermouth (2006)
  • Maryport (2005)
  • Westnewton (2008)

All Conservation Area Appraisals (also known as Character Assessments) are available for download below.

Alterations and extensions

Because a property is within a conservation area the scale of alterations and extensions that can be done without planning permission is reduced. Within Cockermouth, Maryport and the two Workington conservation areas this is particularly the case.

Demolition of buildings

Demolition is development and in conservation areas consent can be required for the demolition of buildings. If you are proposing demolition you should discuss the proposal with a planning officer first. Application form for Conservation Area Consent for Demolition can be downloaded below.

Works to trees

Prior to doing any work to top, lop, fell, or uproot a tree in a conservation area you are first required to notify the Council in order that they can assess the proposal. A form to guide you as to the type of information that you would require is at Works to Trees in Conservation Areas.

Wigton Shopfront Design Guide

The Wigton Shopfront Design Guide  has been prepared by Allerdale Borough Council to help and encourage business owners to ensure that their shop fronts and signage are of a design which preserves and enhances the character of Wigton Conservation Area and contributes to the attractiveness and commercial health of the town centre.. Research shows that an attractive and well used shopping centre will attract people to spend time there, even if they do not have a specific shopping objective in mind.  The guidance is available to download below.

Conservation Areas Supplementary Planning Document

A draft Conservation Area Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has been prepared by Allerdale Borough Council to provide help and guidance to the public and developers when formulating proposals for development or other changes within the district's conservation areas.  The document sets out the considerations and thought processes that will be needed to achieve good design for new developments and alterations sympathetic and appropriate to the Conservation Area in which it is situated.  The Council is currently consulting on this draft document, full details of which are available on the Conservation Areas Supplementary Planning Document Consultation 2015 Page.

Downloadable Documents

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File nameSizeApproximate Download time
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerCockermouth Conservation Area Appraisal in PDF format4373 Kb10 mins 25 secs @ 56k, 18 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerMaryport Conservation Area Appraisal in PDF format1287 Kb3 mins 4 secs @ 56k, 5 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerApplication for conservation area consent for demolition in a conservation area in PDF format37 Kb5 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerWestnewton Conservation Area Appraisal 2008 in PDF format4395 Kb10 mins 28 secs @ 56k, 18 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerWigton Shopfront Design Guide in PDF format3497 Kb8 mins 20 secs @ 56k, 14 secs @ 2mb

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