Pembrokeshire’s 14 Conservation Areas are the unique little pockets of heritage, old and new, which are considered significant enough to protect and enhance. They are places of historic and architectural importance that support communities, culture and tourism.
Planning control within these conservation areas has to reflect their importance so the Authority has extra powers known as Article 4 Directions (planning portal).
Article 4 (2) Directions are in place for St Davids, Newport, Tenby, Solva and Little Haven Conservation Areas, where planning permission is required for works including the alteration of doors and windows, the creation of hard-standings and the construction/demolition of boundaries/gates to dwellings fronting public highways. Copies of the Directions are available by clicking the links below:-
A guidance note for householders is enclosed here.
Within all Conservation Areas, consent is required for the felling and lopping of trees, and the demolition of certain buildings. In addition, the Directions limit permitted development where the character of an area is being eroded through neglect or disrepair. Otherwise, at present, decisions letting owners make small scale changes to their property, without needing planning consent, operate at the same level as across the whole of the National Park.
The Authority is monitoring each Conservation Area and will introduce Article 4 control as and when necessary.
Have a look at the Supplementary Planning Guidance for Conservation Areas to find out more about the history of your favourite part of Pembrokeshire.