Draft Old Harlow Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan

Ended on the 2nd May 2011
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Proposals for the extension or alteration of any listed building, alteration of its setting, conversion or change of use should not adversely affect or harm any of the following:

  1. The character that forms its value as being of special architectural or historic interest;
  2. The particular physical features that justify its statutory protection;
  3. Its setting in relation to its grounds, the surrounding area, other buildings and wider views and vistas.


Planning permission for development that would necessitate the demolition of a listed building, or buildings, or compromise its/their character or setting, will not be granted.


Planning permission may be granted for the change of use or conversion of a listed building, even if it conflicts with other policies of the Local Plan, if it can be shown that this is the only way to preserve the building by providing an income for the upkeep and repair. Such development will not be justified on the basis that it will generate increased revenue or property values, and any changes must have maximum possible compliance with Policy BE6.



Demolition and/or redevelopment of a building in a Conservation Area will be permitted if the demolition and/or redevelopment is not detrimental to the architectural or historical character or appearance of the Conservation Area.


New development in Conservation Areas or development that affects the setting, surrounding area, or inward and outward views will be granted planning permission providing:

  1. It does not harm the character or appearance of the Conservation Area;
  2. The scale, height, form, massing, elevation, detailed design, materials, and layout respect the character of the Conservation Area;
  3. The proposed land use is compatible with the function and activities of the Conservation Area.



Proposals to alter an existing shopfront, sign or advertisement, or create a new shopfront, sign or advertisement, should have regard to the following:

  1. A new or refurbished shopfront should be designed to take account of the design, style and proportions of the building of which it forms a part and the character of the street scene in which the proposal is located;
  2. Advertisements, signs and notice boards must be appropriate in scale, design and materials to the character and appearance of the building of which it forms a part and the character of the street scene in which the proposal is located;
  3. Proposals for external security measures on shopfronts will be resisted unless the need can be adequately demonstrated;
  4. The new shopfront should be accessible to wheelchair users and disabled people;
  5. Hanging or projected signs must not interfere with the visibility requirements of existing CCTV cameras;
  6. Advertisements should present no threat to public or highway safety.



All new and extended buildings should relate to their setting to strengthen, enhance, protect, or create local character. Planning permission will be granted for new development provided that all the following are met:

  1. It is well connected to and integrated with the wider settlement;
  2. The height, massing, layout, appearance and landscape makes an appropriate visual relationship with that of the form, grain, scale, materials and details of the surrounding area;
  3. Building design is specific to the site and its context, respecting whilst not necessarily replicating local characteristics and consistent within its own chosen style;
  4. On sites with high public visibility it enhances the character, image and perception of the area.


Planning permission for major new development will be granted provided that all the following are met:

  1. New buildings are designed as part of a group of buildings creating a sense of enclosure;
  2. Public spaces should relate to the scale, appearance, location and function of the buildings around it;
  3. The layout of buildings, routes and spaces are clearly related;
  4. The fronts of buildings provide primary access and clearly define streets and public spaces;
  5. Public spaces are clearly distinguished from private areas;
  6. The ground floor use encourages activity and interest that is appropriate to the location and character of the area;
  7. Pedestrian, cycling and, where appropriate, horse riding routes are shown on the development layout and link into the existing network.


Proposals for development on previously developed land at a density higher than that existing (or previously existing), in terms of additional number of units and/or increase in floor space, will be granted planning permission provided that:

  1. It is accessible by public transport or is in a sustainable location relative to proximity to supporting services and/or employment sites;
  2. It does not result in over development;
  3. It is compatible with the character of the area and urban design policies and guidance.


Planning permission will be granted for new development, change of use, alteration or extension to any building which is open to the public or is used for educational or employment purposes, providing provision has been made to achieve accessibility for disabled people, including accessibility to any public or private open space that serves that development.

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