Designation, Appraisal and Management

Creating and reviewing Conservation Areas

The designation of conservation areas in the National Park started in 1980. This was when the first conservation area in Ambleside was created. There are now over 20 conservation areas in the National Park. We aim to review conservation areas every 10 years, making sure each conservation area has an up to date appraisal and management plan.

What is an Appraisal?

A Conservation Area Appraisal involves public consultation. It identifies the special architectural and historic interest of an area, assessing how it has historically developed, which elements should be retained or enhanced and which detract from its character. We also review the boundaries of the conservation area.

What is a Management Plan?

A Conservation Area Management Plan is also subject to public consultation. It :

  • deals with any issues brought up by the appraisal
  • recommends any boundary changes
  • recommend the development of policies, guidance and measures to prevent the loss of traditional features
  • may identify enhancement opportunities
  • may recommend an Article 4 Direction - find out more on Benefits of living in a Conservation Area

Why write an appraisal and management plan?

Each conservation area is unique. By defining what contributes to the character of the conservation area, the appraisal and management plan can help us manage future development and enhancement and ensure that it is of good quality and sensitively designed. They also provide invaluable guidance for property owners and potential developers.

Public consultation

The appraisals and management plan process involves consulting with the local community, stakeholders and interest groups. Local people are key to the implementation of the management plan. Their involvement provides important local knowledge and understanding.

During the consultation period, public exhibitions may be held locally. Draft appraisals and management plans can be viewed at the Lake District National Park Offices at Murley Moss in Kendal. Or you can download them from the links to the left as they become available. Comments on the proposals can be made using the Conservation Area Assessment Questionnaire (Word document)

Designation and review programme

The designation and review of conservation areas, their boundaries, appraisals and management plans is an ongoing process. Here are the details of the current stage of the review, including the date of any approved changes to the boundary and relevant map:

Review timetable and approved boundary changes

  1. Helton – completed May 2008
  2. Bampton – completed July 2009
  3. Bampton Grange - completed July 2009
  4. Far Sawrey - completed July 2009
  5. Near Sawrey - completed July 2009
  6. Hartsop - completed November 2009
  7. Grasmere Village - completed November 2009
  8. Grasmere Town End - completed November 2009
  9. Rydal - completed November 2009
  10. Hawkshead - completed April 2010
  11. Caldbeck - completed June 2010
  12. Hesket Newmarket - completed June 2010
  13. Ambleside – completed August 2010
  14. Staveley - completed February 2011
  15. Blindcrake - completed February 2011
  16. Windermere - completed October 2011
  17. Bowness - completed October 2011
  18. Ravenglass - by December 2012
  19. Broughton - by December 2012
  20. Troutbeck - by October 2013
  21. Askham - by December 2013
  22. Lowther - by December 2013
  23. Keswick - by December 2014

More details on boundary changes

For a list of maps showing original and revised boundaries, please take a look at our Conservation Area boundary changes page.

Further information: