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


Holdenby & Scaldwell Conservation area Consultations

Following public consultation, the Holdenby Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan and Scaldwell Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan were adopted as supplementary planning documents and a new conservation area boundary was adopted for Holdenby on 20 September 2023. The appraisals, boundary maps, adoption notices and statements of consultation can be viewed below. If you have any queries, please contact


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 41 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 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