Conservation areas

Conservation areas are places of special architectural or historic interest which have a distinctive character or appearance worthy of preserving or enhancing. The designation is a local land charge. Development proposals are managed in a different way in conservation areas because some of the rights of landowners under the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) have been removed. Development in these areas must be in the interest of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of the conservation area.

You can view conservation areas in Poole on our map.

Treework in a conservation area

Work to trees with diameters of more than 75 mm (at 1.5 metres from the ground) is generally not permitted in conservation areas without the permission of the council.

Demolition in a conservation area

No building or part of a building can be demolished or removed without conservation area consent from the council if over 115 cubic metres. Repairs or alterations to buildings in conservation areas should not involve the removal of parts of the building such as chimney stacks, porches, shopfronts and boundary walls without this consent.

Planning applications with schemes for replacement buildings should be submitted for approval with allocations for demolition in order to avoid the creation of gaps in the townscape. Proposals for new and replacement buildings and development in conservation areas require planning permission with accompanying design and access statements. Designers also need to consider access and the way they address the landscape, setting and street.

Minor alterations in a conservation area

The following minor alterations to buildings in conservation areas would need consent from the council:

  • adding dormer windows
  • cladding the exterior walls of houses
  • installing satellite antennae (dishes) depending on size and location
  • erecting extensions and other free standing buildings depending on their size and location
  • demolishing boundary walls over a metre high fronting on public highways, opens space, right of way and waterways and over two metres high elsewhere
  • extensions beyond a wall forming a side elevation and of more than one storey on the rear
  • solar PV or solar thermal equipment on unlisted properties within CAs on side or principal roof slopes or elevations visible from a highway
  • signs required to display all illuminated advertisement and some non-illuminated advertisements depending on their size and positioning
  • window replacements in houses with flats

Article 4 directions in a conservation area

Conservation Areas in Ashington, Beach Road, Branksome Park, Canford Magna and at Oakley Lane, Merley have restrictions on specified developments tailored to protect the visual character of those areas. Where Article 4 Directions are in place property owners will need to apply for planning permission to obtain approval. In the Branksome Park conservation area, for example, landowners must apply for planning permission to erect, construct, improve or alter a gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure along the highway frontage. An important part of the character of both the Beach Road and Branksome Park areas is the consistent use of dense hedging of mainly laurel and rhododendrons along boundaries. Vegetation is sometimes planted behind low fencing or above low, random-coursed stone walls broken by informal gate designs. The purpose of the Article 4 Direction is, in this case, applied to manage the design of hard and soft landscaping in a style appropriate for the character of the area.

Conservation area appraisals

The council is currently preparing character appraisals for each of its 16 areas. Over half the areas now have adopted appraisals which have been carried out with public consultations. Some areas have management plans incorporated with suggestions on ways of improving the environment. The majority of plans follow a standard format adopted from 2006 and English Heritage guidance published as part of a series under the title Understanding Place: conservation area designation, appraisal and management. Residents of each area will be notified once a draft is being prepared for their area and encouraged to participate in the consultation. 

Conservation area  Status/Designation date   *CAA-MP adoption date
Ashington  Designated: January 2002  
Ashley Cross, Parkstone  Designated: June 1987. Amended: June 2012 June 2012
Branksome Park and Chine Gardens  Designated: March 1981 (now incorporates part of the former Beach   Road CA) Adopted March 2006
Brunstead Road  Designated: July 1989. Amended: May 2000.   Boundary amended:   November 2014
July 1989
Canford Cliffs Village  Designated: July 1989 (CA extended and now incorporates former   Haven Road CA - Designated: October 2003 and Canford Cliffs North -   Designated: February 2002)
Canford Magna  Designated: June 1977. Amended: December 1992 June 1977
Chester Road  Designated: June 2010  
Evening Hill  Designated: February 1992
Heckford Park  Designated: June 2010  
Oakley Lane, Merley  Designated: April 1987. Amended: December 1992 April 1987
Poole Park  Designated: July 1995. Amended: October 1996
Ridgeway & Broadstone Park  Designated: October 2004 July 2009
Sandbanks  Designated: October 2003 December 2008
The Avenue  Designated: July 1989. Amended: December 1992 & May 2000.   Boundary extended  
Town Centre Heritage  Adopted: January 2013  
Tudor Road/Golf Links Road, Broadstone  Designated: October 2004  

* CAA-MP : Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan

Page last updated: 20 July 2020
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