Lewisham Council - Conservation areas

Conservation areas

We designate conservation areas where an area is considered to have special architectural or historic character that should be preserved or enhanced.

How conservation areas are identified

There are many factors that contribute to the designation of a conservation area, but usually it is a combination of a clear and special spatial identity, architectural and historic interest, and a distinctive townscape quality.

Characteristics that can contribute an area’s special interest include:

  • the historic layout of property boundaries and thoroughfares.
  • the relationships of buildings and spaces between them;
  • the scale, form and detailing of buildings.
  • characteristic materials
  • a particular mix of uses.
  • the quality of shop fronts, street furniture, hard and soft surfaces
  • the topography, trees and open spaces.

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