Conservation areas

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Daventry District is home to numerous attractive settlements, sited within some of Northamptonshire's most beautiful countryside.

West Northants Council is committed to conserving and enhancing these areas, so that we may protect the heritage of the District for the future. In order to do this, the Council has designated some places as Conservation Areas. 

This puts in place tighter planning controls for anyone seeking permission to alter or demolish a building, or carry out work to trees, in order to maintain the special interest of the area.

View a list of the Conservation Areas in Daventry Area

Conservation Area Reviews

West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) is in the process of reviewing conservation areas in the Daventry area, as well as considering new designations.

Reviews are carried out in consultation with local residents, according to the following process:

  • Public presentation to introduce the review
  • WNC officers produce draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan  
  • Six-week public consultation on draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan, including a public meeting
  • WNC officers produce final Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan
  • WNC councillors vote whether to adopt the Plan as a supplementary planning document, meaning it will be used to help determine planning decisions in future.


Current reviews


The council is currently undertaking a consultation on Article 4(1) Directions in some of our conservation areas until Tuesday 9th November. For more information, please visit this page   


Adoption of Hellidon and Spratton Conservation Areas

A consultation on the Hellidon and Spratton Conservation Areas took has taken place.
At a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet on 14th September the revised Hellidon Conservation Area and new Spratton Conservation Area were designated and the Conservation Appraisal and Management Plans for each were adopted as a supplementary planning documents. It can be viewed below along with maps of the conservation area boundaries, adoption notices and statements of consultation.



West Northamptonshire Council is currently consulting on the draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan for Cottesbrooke.  The consultation runs from 10am Monday 22 November 2021 until midnight on Monday 17 January 2022.  The council welcomes comments from the public and any other interested parties on the draft during this time and comments must be submitted in writing no later than midnight on Monday 17 January 2022.  Late responses cannot be accepted.

Comments can be submitted by emailing, via the online survey or by post to Heritage Policy Assistant, Growth, Climate and Regeneration, West Northamptonshire Council, Lodge Road, Daventry NN11 4FP

The draft appraisal, boundary map and consultation notice can be viewed below.  If you would like to request a paper copy of the appraisal free of charge, please email

A public meeting about the review was held online on Tuesday 14 December 2021. View slides and notes from the Cottesbrooke Conservation Area public presentation


Canons Ashby

An online public presentation about the upcoming review of Canons Ashby Conservation Area took place on 18 November 2021.



An online public presentation about the upcoming review of Newnham Conservation Area took place on 22 June 2021.



An online public presentation about the upcoming review of Scaldwell Conservation Area took place on 8June 2021.


Article 4 Directions and the 'Local List'

Article 4 Directions

As part of its review of Conservation Areas, the Council is also considering putting Article 4 Directions in place on certain buildings or parts of buildings. These directions add further controls to protect features that are of particular importance to the character of the conservation area.


The Local List

The Council is also compiling a list of buildings and structures of special local interest, also called the 'Local List'. A list of candidate buildings will be included in draft Conservation Area Appraisals for specific areas, but residents can also suggest additional buildings for inclusion leading up to and during the consultation exercise.

Planning Controls in Conservation Areas

In conservation areas there are stricter controls over planning to ensure the preservation of local heritage. Certain rights which are elsewhere classed as 'permitted development' are restricted in conservation areas.

These controls include the need to apply for permission for:

  • The demolition of a building which has a volume of 115 cubic metres or above

  • The demolition of walls of 1 metre or above in height adjacent to a public highway, or 2 metres elsewhere

  • Works to trees whose trunk diameter measures 75mm or above at 1.5 metres above ground level

  • The cladding of the exterior of a building in render, stone, plastic, tiles etc

  • Side extensions and two storey rear extensions

  • Dormer windows, and some other roof alterations

  • The installation of satellite dishes and radio antennae in locations fronting a highway

  • The erection of outbuildings of a certain size.

There are currently 24 conservation areas in Daventry District, all of which are listed below. If you are in doubt as to whether you live or work within a conservation area or require permission for works, please contact us

List of Conservation Areas in Daventry Area

There are a number of conservation areasin Daventry District, covering a range of parish areas. The list below shows those parishes and the conservation areas that are relevant to them. Click on the links to download or link to the relevant conservation  area for your area. 


Ashby St Ledgers












Canons Ashby

Chapel Brampton







Daventry Reservoir





Little Everdon



Grand Union Canal  


Great Brington    







Long Buckby








 Preston Capes








Stowe IX Churches 





West Haddon



Woodford Halse and Hinton