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Conservation areas

Part of our remit is to identify areas of ‘special architectural or historic interest’ that makes them worth protecting and improving.

What makes these areas special might be the buildings, open spaces, trees, or a mixture of these and other features.

In 2018 the large Central conservation area was split into six smaller separate areas, so there are currently 17 conservation areas in Cambridge.

The special character of the areas means that development in conservation areas is controlled more strictly than in other areas. Each area has an appraisal document containing guidance to protect the best features of the area, and to improve the less attractive parts.

The city’s conservation areas are not finite and might be added to in the future. Whenever this happens, we’ll consult about the proposal. Subscribe to email alerts if you want to be told when we consult about this or anything else.

Barrow Road conservation area

Barrow Road is off of Trumpington Road and is the newest conservation area in Cambridge.

Designated on the 28 June 2016, the conservation area boundary encompasses 1 to 47 Barrow Road and 1 and 2 Barrow Close.

Brooklands conservation area

Brooklands conservation area forms a southward extension of the Newtown sector of the Central conservation area.

Much of the area is bounded by Clarendon Road, Fitzwilliam Road, the western edge of the tree belt along Shaftesbury Road and by Brooklands Avenue. Brooklands House and Empty Common to the west are also included.

The area was designated a conservation area on 3 May 2002 and extended in June 2013. The conservation area appraisal was reviewed in 2012 and a revised version was approved in 2013.

Castle and Victoria Road conservation area

Originally designated as part of the Central conservation area in 1969 and extended in 1976 and 2012. The area was allocated as a separate conservation area in November 2018.

Central conservation area

The Central conservation area covers the historic core of the city, plus some of the important open spaces such as the college backs and Jesus Green.

The Central Conservation Area was designated on 25 February 1969 with many extensions over the following decades. Until 21 November 2018 it was the largest conservation area in Cambridge. On that date it was split into separate conservation areas, following the boundaries of the written appraisal areas and the previous extensions. The new conservation areas are Castle and Victoria Road, The Kite, Mill Road, New Town and Glisson Road, and Riverside and Stourbridge Common.

The Central conservation area appraisal is differently organised from the other appraisals. It has a breakdown of the individual streets in the historic core and their significance.

Chesterton conservation area

Chesterton conservation area covers the old part of Chesterton village around Chapel Lane, Church Street (including the recreation ground) and High Street.

The conservation area was designated on 25 February 1969 and extended on 23 June 2009.

Conduit Head Road conservation area

Conduit Head Road conservation area includes the distinctive 1930s buildings in their attractive gardens which stand along Conduit Head Road, and some buildings along Madingley Road.

The conservation area was designated on 17 December 1984 and extended on 6 October 2009.

De Freville conservation area

De Freville conservation area abuts the Central conservation area north of the river Cam.

It is based on the original De Freville Estate which was laid out in 1890, and includes older streets to the east up to and including part of Victoria Avenue.

The conservation area was designated on 3 March 2009.

Ferry Lane conservation area

Ferry Lane conservation area (previously called Water Street conservation area) is the smallest of the city's conservation areas.

It includes the south west end of Water Street, and stretches south to the river.

The Ferry Lane conservation area was designated on 25 February 1969 and extended on 23 June 2009.

The Kite conservation area

Originally designated as part of the Central conservation area in 1969 and extended in 1993 and 1997. The area was allocated as a separate conservation area in November 2018.

Mill Road conservation area

Originally designated as part of the Central conservation area in 1969 and extended in 1993 and 2011. The area was allocated as a separate conservation area in 21 November 2018.

New Town and Glisson Road conservation area

Originally designated as part of the Central conservation area in 1969 and extended in 1975, 1980, 1991 and 2012. The area was allocated as a separate conservation area in November 2018.

Newnham Croft conservation area

Newnham Croft conservation area covers the streets south of Barton Road and east of Millington Road. The open space bordering the residential areas is also included.

The conservation area was designated on 8 June 1998. The appraisal was reviewed in 2012 and a revised version was approved in 2013.

Riverside and Stourbridge Common conservation area

Originally designated as part of the Central conservation area in 1969 and extended in 1993 and 2012. The area was allocated as a separate conservation area in November 2018.

Southacre conservation area

Southacre conservation area principally covers the large houses and gardens along Chaucer Road and Latham Road. It is bordered by the river Cam to the west and Trumpington Road to the east.

The conservation area was designated in February 2000. The appraisal was reviewed in 2012 and a revised version was approved in 2013.

Storey’s Way conservation area

Storey’s Way conservation area covers the turn-of the-century houses on the south side of Storey’s Way and the Trinity Hall sports ground.

The area was designated a conservation area on 17 December 1984. An appraisal was published, with an extended boundary, on 8 April 2008. The conservation area was reviewed again in 2017 and the appraisal updated to reflect the changes that have occurred in the area. The updated document was approved for publication in 2018.

Trumpington conservation area

Trumpington conservation area includes the historic part of the village around the church and Anstey Hall, and includes the north end of the High Street, Church Lane, Maris Lane and part of Grantchester Road.

The Trumpington conservation area was designated on 25 February 1969 and extended on 2 July 1998. It has subsequently been extended on the 5 October 2010.

West Cambridge conservation area

West Cambridge conservation area lies to the west of the central conservation area.

It includes the large houses and colleges from Lady Margaret Road in the north, to Millington Road in the south. The boundary stretches as far west as the Emmanuel Sports Ground on Wilberforce Road.

The conservation area was designated on 3 May 1972 and was extended on 17 December 1984. It has recently been extended again on the 15 March 2011 with another addition on the 9th May 2011. The last extension was to include Wolfson College, Barton Close and adjacent properties in Barton Road.

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