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Conservation areas listed buildings and trees conservation

Conservation areas

A conservation area is an “area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”.

This set out in Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

Once designated, a conservation area needs everyone’s help to protect its character and keep it special.

The council will protect and enhance it as far as possible by:

  • Controlling development
  • Encouraging the care of its own buildings

To achieve this it also needs the support of property owners, residents and local businesses.

Public Consultation

“Section 71 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 requires local authorities to formulate and publish proposals for the preservation and enhancement of its conservation areas, and for these proposals to be submitted for consideration at a public meeting.  A meeting to discuss the proposed Town Centre Conservation Area Management Plan will take place at 7 p.m. on 26th September 2022 in the Derham Lounge, Winter Gardens, Blackpool.  This will form part of the general meeting of the Blackpool Civic Trust.  

The Conservation Area Management Plan can also be viewed on the Council’s website and at the Council’s Customer First, Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, Blackpool between the hours of 9.30am and 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. A copy is also available to be viewed during its opening hours at the Blackpool Central Library, Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PX. 

The consultation period will be from 22nd September 2022 until 3rd November 2022.  

For further information, and to submit comments on the Conservation Area Management Plan, please write to the Built Heritage and Conservation Team, 81 Central, 77-71 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HU or email


There are 7 conservation areas within Blackpool

These conservation areas place restrictions on things such as:

  • Demolition
  • Alterations and extensions
  • New development
  • Painting and maintenance
  • Advertisements

Advice and guidance on how to carry out work in Conservation Area is contained on our conservation area guidance page 

Listed buildings information

Blackpool has a number of Listed buildings and any work carried out on a Listed Building, unless it is a 'like-for-like' repair, will require Listed Building Consent. This type of application is free.

Locally listed buildings

Blackpool Council has set up a list of buildings of local architectural and/or historic interest

Members of  the public are able to nominate buildings for inclusion on the local list. View details of the locally listed buildings.

Tree conservation

The council protects trees and groups of trees by making Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) where appropriate. View the Tree Preservation Order listings and further information on Tree Preservation Orders

Removal of protected trees will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances:

  • Where trees endanger public safety,
  • Or are diseased, and
  • On condition that replacement planting takes place

If you wish to carry out any type of work to a tree that meets any of the following criteria you need the council's consent :

  • Protected by a Tree Preservation Order
  • Is within a conservation area
  • Protected by a condition attached to a planning permission

Heritage statements

Conservation areas, listed buildings, other locally listed buildings, registered parks and gardens, and archaeological remains are also known as heritage assets. 

Most development affecting heritage assets needs planning permission or consent. For information on the requirements for submitting for submitting planning applications affecting heritage assets please see our heritage statement guidance

If you would like to check on any of these, please contact our Customer First Centre