A conservation area is a specific local area that is recognised as being worthy of preservation or enhancements. Responsibility for conservation areas within Essex lies at the district, borough and unitary authority level.
Living within a conservation area places special requirements on new developments, including extensions, in order to ensure that the special qualities of that area are preserved.
Similarly, when seeking to fell, lop, top or uproot trees within a conservation area, the council must be notified six weeks in advance. It is an offence to carry out work within that period without specific consent from the council.
Trees in conservation areas
Special provision is also provided for protecting trees within conservation areas. Anyone proposing to cut down or carry out work to a tree in a conservation area is required to give their district and borough council
six weeks’ prior notice.