Communicating the South Downs

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Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans

Conservation areas are defined by law as areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.

A Conservation Area Appraisal is an objective analysis of the elements which together define the area’s special architectural or historic interest. These elements will be largely physical, both man-made and natural, but will also include more ephemeral considerations, such as spaces, views, uses, and sounds. The appraisal seeks to describe and map these elements to inform everyone involved in the planning process.

Appraisals also consider those elements and issues which currently are neutral or detrimental to the special character of the conservation area.

The normal lifespan for an appraisal is 10 years, after which they should be reviewed. Some of the conservation areas within the national park have appraisals that are less than 10 years old and it is worth checking the website of the appropriate district council to see if this is the case for any particular place. However, most appraisals are older than 10 years and the national park has a rolling programme to update them. Links to those which have been completed so far are below:

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