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



Consultation on the draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan for Cottesbrooke has now closed. A report about the consultation response is being drafted and will be considered by the council’s Planning Policy Committee in due course.    


Canons Ashby

West Northamptonshire Council is currently consulting on the draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan for Canons Ashby.  The consultation runs from 10am Monday 4 April until midnight on Monday 16 May 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 16 May 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

Slides and notes from an online presentation about the review can be viewed here.    



West Northamptonshire Council are currently consulting on the draft Newnham Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (2022). The consultation begins at 10am on Monday 6th June and will run for six weeks until midnight on Monday 18th July. The draft appraisal can be viewed here and hard copies are available for viewing during normal working hours at the WNC offices on Lodge Road, Daventry and at the Abbey Library, Abbey Street, Daventry.

Comments on the draft document must be received by the council by midnight on 18th July, in writing. Late comments cannot be accepted.

You can send in comments via email to, or by post to the Heritage Policy Officer, Growth and Regeneration, West Northamptonshire Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP.

Alternatively, you can fill in the online survey available on our consultations page here.

An online consultation session will be held by WNC officers on Tuesday 21st June from 6:30-7:30pm. If you would like to register to attend this event, please email Members of the public are welcome to send in questions prior to the meeting, which will be answered as part of the presentation           


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