Conservation areas

Where conservation areas are located in the East Riding, including what changes can be made to a property within a conservation area.

About conservation areas

A conservation area aims to preserve and protect the character of an area; this can be made up of buildings, open spaces, views, trees, and other features. The objective of defining a conservation area is to provide for the preservation and enhancement of the special interest of the place. The intention is not to stifle change, but to monitor and provide positive management of these unique areas.

Currently, in the East Riding, there are 106 conservation areas which make them one of the largest designated heritage assets in our area. They range from urban town centres to rural settlement. Each conservation area has a Conservation Area Appraisal document, which describes the significance of the area looking at the historical development, architecture, landscape and other features of interest.

Article 4 Direction

Permitted development rights allow some minor developments to sometimes take place without specific consent, such as the building of a fence or small extensions to the rear of a property; this is outlined within the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) (1).

Under an Article 4 Direction, part of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015, the East Riding planning department may withdraw permitted development rights for various types of development that affect the external appearance of a building within a conservation area. Article 4 Directions usually apply when the character of an area has acknowledged importance and would otherwise be threatened. Therefore if there is an active Article 4 Direction in your area, you may be required to obtain planning permission before carrying out work that otherwise would not need consent.

Currently the only conservation area in the East Riding with an Article 4 Direction is the village of Atwick, which covers a small number of properties regarding external windows and doors. The conservation team has more information on this if required.

Find out if you live in a conservation area

To find out if you live within a conservation area, the Conservation Area Appraisal documents include a boundary map.

Take a look at our conservation area appraisals.

Alternatively, you can search on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Planning Constraints interactive map.

Conservation area appraisals and management plans

Conservation area appraisals are a formally adopted document which aims to highlight the special interest and historic development of the conservation area. They can be useful in guiding design and materials which reflect the character and appearance of the conservation area.

Conservation area management plans are again formally adopted document which help guide future development to enhance conservation areas, these are frequently referred to in cases of heritage at risk.

Find and download the individual conservation area appraisals and conservation area management plans

We collect and process the following information:

  • Personal information (including full name, full residential address)

  • Location data (including postcode and telephone number)

  • Contact details (such as email)

  • Status of organisation, for the purpose of determining eligibility of account application.

Works within a conservation area

Most properties within a conservation area have similar planning requirements to properties outside a conservation area. The main differences include the following:

  • You will need planning permission for demolition works involving more than 50% of any building that has a volume greater than 115 cubic metres (about the size of two double garages), unless it was an agricultural building built from 1914 onwards
  • There are additional controls for extending or altering a building/structure within a conservation area, including boundary treatments such as fences or walls
  • All trees are protected and you may need to give us notice before carrying out work on them
  • In rare cases, some permitted development rights may have been removed under an Article 4 Direction.

You can always check with the planning department prior to commencement of works where planning permission is needed by submitting a Planning Permission Enquiry or find more information on works requiring planning permission.

When considering works within a conservation area, the council has a duty to consult one of the conservation officers to ensure the proposed works do not detract from the character and appearance of the conservation area.

Heritage Statements

A heritage statement is an additional, separate document which accompanies a planning application regarding the historic environment and is required by paragraph 189 of the National Planning Policy Framework, which states:

“In determining applications, local planning authorities should require an applicant to describe the significance of any heritage assets affected, including any contribution made by their setting. The level of detail should be proportionate to the assets' importance and no more than is sufficient to understand the potential impact of the proposal on their significance. As a minimum the relevant historic environment record should have been consulted and the heritage assets assessed using appropriate expertise where necessary. Where a site on which development is proposed includes, or has the potential to include, heritage assets with archaeological interest, local planning authorities should require developers to submit an appropriate desk-based assessment and, where necessary, a field evaluation.”

Essentially, the aim of a heritage statement is to assess the significance and history of a designated heritage asset, including conservation areas, listed buildings or works considered to be within the setting of a designated heritage asset. Secondly, it should discuss any potential impacts or benefits the development may cause and provide justification for the works.

A heritage statement must consult the Historic Environment Record (HER) as a minimum, please find out more information on the HER within the Heritage Guidance section below. However the building conservation team also recommend using archival material such as historic OS maps, conservation area appraisals, listing descriptions and other secondary sources such as Pevsner's Architectural Guides or Kelly's Directory.

Whilst anyone can complete a heritage statement, we strongly recommend using appropriate expertise such as a heritage consultant, as a statement of significance should highlight specific architectural or historic details that are easily overlooked. However, the building conservation team have created a template heritage statement below that can be downloaded/edited and guides you through the various sections. Finally, we strongly recommend the addition of photographs and maps as these can illustrate a point or justification you are trying to make.

Download our template for a heritage statement (word 46kb)

Further reappraisal of conservation areas

Beginning in 2024, the local authority is beginning a process of re-appraising and re-considering all of the conservation area appraisals that have not been updated in the past five years.

The reasons why the council is carrying out a review of all our conservation area appraisals are:

  1. To make sure that our appraisals are up to date, and reflect the current situation on the ground
  2. To make sure that they clearly describe the character and appearance and the special interest of the East Riding’s varied and attractive conservation areas
  3. To allow us to assess whether the boundaries of the conservation areas require revision
  4. To provide uniformity across all of our conservation area appraisals.

These conservation areas will be addressed sequentially starting with those most in need of update. This need will be determined by a consideration of the age of the current appraisal, whether the conservation area is included on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk Register’ and the pressure for development in each of our conservation areas. We intend to take an indicative sequence for re-appraisal which will be taken to Cabinet in 2024, following which the first group of conservation areas to be re-assessed will be agreed.

Please keep checking back on this page for further updates.

Bishop Burton

The council is currently consulting on the updated Bishop Burton Conservation Area Appraisal. This consultation commenced on 15 July 2024 and will run for eight weeks until 9 September 2024.

Bishop Burton Conservation Area Appraisal Draft - July 2024 (pdf 3.8mb)

We welcome all comments and thought on this appraisal, which can be provided through our online survey.

Alternatively, you can also email the Conservation team at

It is also intended to hold a public meeting in Bishop Burton, to allow residents to speak to the Conservation team, and to provide their comments in person. We are currently still organising this meeting, and we will update this website when the date, time and location have been arranged, so please check back regularly.

Once this consultation period has finished, the comments received will be considered and any necessary amendments will be made. Following this, the final draft of the appraisal will be taken to the authority’s Cabinet for who will make the final decision on whether it is adopted.

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