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A Guide to Conservation Areas in Scotland

Conservation areas “are areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”.
S.61 Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997

Conservation areas are crucial to the conservation of our environment. There are over 600 conservation areas in Scotland. Many were designated in the early 1970s, but some have since been redesignated, merged, renamed, given smaller or larger boundaries and new ones have been added. They can cover historic land, battlefields, public parks, designed landscapes or railways but most contain groups of buildings extending over areas of a village, town or city. To safeguard them for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations any new development should preserve or enhance their varied character.

How are they designated?

The planning authority is required to determine which parts of its area are of special architectural or historic interest. It may designate these as conservation areas. The public will normally be consulted on any proposal to designate conservation areas or to change their boundaries.

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