Conservation Area

A Conservation Area is described as an area of 'special architectural or historical interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance'. There are 30 conservation areas within South Gloucestershire covering a total of 1,000 hectares.

Iron Acton is one of these Conservation Areas, being designated as such on 30th July 1975.  Conservation Area Objectives are:-

  • To preserve individual buildings, groups of buildings, walls, open areas, natural features and trees and to retain the essential inter-relationships upon which the character of the Conservation Area depends.
  • Development should preserve or enhance the existing character of Conservation Areas.
  • Large scale or comprehensive delopment schemes will not normally be permitted, the emphasis being on the selective renewal of individual buildings.

The Legislation controlling Conservation Areas is found in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.