Under Section 69(1) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, a Conservation Area is defined as an area "of special architectural or historic interest,the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance".
A character appraisal defines and records the special architectural and historic interest of the Conservation Area. It identifies those elements that make a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the area. It also identifies those elements that detract from the character and appearance of the area, which offer an opportunity for enhancement.
The Borough Council has adopted character appraisals for eleven of its Conservation Areas:
The following boundary reviews were conducted as part of the character appraisal programme. Boundary reviews become effective from the date on which they are published in the London Gazette.
A management plan describes the proposals that the Borough Council has formulated for the preservation and enhancement of a Conservation Area. The Borough Council has adopted Management Plans for five of its Conservation Areas: