Conservation areas

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

Daventry District 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 District

Conservation Areas Review

The Council is in the process of reviewing its existing conservation areas, as well as considering new designations. You can find out more, including details of how to have your say, below. Please be aware that late comments cannot be received. If you have any questions please email      


Current consultations:


The District Council is currently consulting on the draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan for Spratton.  The consultation runs from 10am Monday 15th March 2021 until 5pm Monday 26th April 2021.  The District Council welcomes comments from the public and any other interested parties on the draft during this time and any comments must be submitted to the District Council in writing no later than 5pm Monday 26th April 2021.  Late responses cannot be accepted. 

Survey closed

The draft appraisals, boundary maps and consultation notices can be viewed below, under the "List of Conservation Areas in Daventry District".  If you would like to request a paper copy of the appraisal free of charge, please email

 A virtual public meeting was held online on April 1st.  A copy of the slides and the accompanying notes can be viewed here. 

A recording of the presentation can be viewed on our YouTube channel here 


A consultation is also underway on a planning brief for Overstone Hall, a Grade II Listed Building.  The consultation can be seen here, any comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Monday 26th April 2021.


Recent Adoptions


At its meeting on 18th March 2021 Daventry District Council adopted new conservation area boundaries and conservation area appraisals for the conservation areas at Badby, Creaton, Preston Capes, Clipston, Long Buckby and Great Brington. The adopted appraisals, adoption notices and statements of consultation are available for viewing in the list of conservation area below.

For further information regarding the conservation area reviews or the consultation, please email the Heritage Policy Officer at


Article 4 Directions Autumn 2020

The recent consultation on Article 4 Directions in the conservation areas of Flore, Weedon, Everdon, Little Everdon, Staverton, Welford, Kilsby and Pitsford is now closed. Responses to the consultation can no longer be accepted. Copies of the draft directions and notices can be viewed here. For further information regarding the consultation or Article 4 Directions, please contact            



New conservation area reviews:

The Council is also in the process of reviewing or exploring the possibility of conservation areas in the following locations:          

  • Canons Ashby
  • Cottesbrooke
  • Hellidon
  • Newhnam
  • Scaldwell
  • Spratton

A recording of the introductory online presentation about the Spratton Conservation Area review can be viewed here.

To view the presentation slides click here.

Article 4 Directions   

As part of the Conservation Area review, 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 District

There are a number of conservation areas in 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