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.
Cambridge has 12 conservation areas at present, and new areas might be added in the future.
Consultations on possible new areas or changes to existing areas will be listed in our consultation section.
Conservation area appraisal documents contain guidance to protect the best features of the area, and to improve the less attractive parts.
Where appraisals have been written, they are available to download from the relevant page.
The special character of conservation areas means that the development is controlled more strictly than in other areas.
Read more on the development in conservation areas page.
Our conservation areas
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. A copy of the old appraisal for this area is available under the Historical documents section at the bottom of this page.
- Brooklands Avenue Conservation Area Appraisal [PDF, 4MB]
- Brooklands conservation area map [JPG, 162KB]
Central conservation area
Central conservation area is the largest conservation area in Cambridge.
It covers the historic core of the city, open spaces including the college backs, Jesus Green, Midsummer Common and the Botanic Garden, and the housing areas west of the railway line.
It is gradually being split into smaller areas, such as the Kite and the Mill Road Area, the appraisals for which can be read below. The layout of the Historic Core Appraisal is differently organised and has a breakdown of the individual streets and their significance. Below is a link to this document.
The central conservation area was designated on 25 February 1969 and has since been extended on 16 January 1975, 30 November 1976, 21 March 1978, 19 February 1980, 29 May 1991, 9 June 1993 and 18 July 1996. It was extended again on 21 June 2011 to include Romsey, Brookside and Burnside, as well as on 13 March 2012, to include the Stourbridge Common and Ditton Meadows areas to the city boundary, and some previously excluded sites on Hills Road.
On the 26th June 2012, some of the streets to the north of Chesterton Road, the east of Victoria Road and to the east of Huntingdon Road, as well as others, became part of the central conservation area. The exact area covered can be seen in the maps attached to the Castle and Victoria Road conservation area appraisal below.
- Castle and Victoria Road Area Appraisal [PDF, 24MB]
- The Kite Conservation Area Appraisal [PDF, 29MB]
- Mill Road Conservation Area Appraisal [PDF, 10MB]
- New Town and Glisson Road Conservation Area Appraisal [PDF, 11MB]
- Riverside and Stourbridge Common Conservation Area Appraisal [PDF, 18MB]
- Station area appraisal [PDF, 752KB]
- Central conservation area map [JPG, 5MB]
- Historic core appraisal
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.
- Chesterton and Ferry Lane conservation area appraisal [PDF, 6MB]
- Chesterton conservation area map [JPG, 3MB]
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.
- Conduit Head Road conservation area appraisal [PDF, 4MB]
- Conduit Head Road conservation area map [JPG, 396KB]
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.
- Chesterton and Ferry Lane conservation area appraisal [PDF, 6MB]
- Ferry Lane conservation area map [JPG, 3MB]
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. A copy of the old appraisal for this area is available under the Historical documents section at the bottom of this page.
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. A copy of the old appraisal for this area is available under the Historical documents section at the bottom of this page.
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.