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Environmental Design and Conservation (including Listed Buildings)

The creation of high quality places through good design is a fundamental part of the planning process alongside the conservation and enhancement of the historic environment.

Within the Policy and Strategy Service, the Environmental Design Team and the Conservation Team strive to conserve and enhance the quality of the natural and built environment. The teams include specialists with professional expertise in the disciplines of urban design, landscape architecture, building conservation , architecture and arboriculture. They carry out the Council's statutory responsibilities relating to Listed Buildings, Tree Protection and Conservation Areas and also non-statutory planning functions, principally the provision of specialist advice and guidance in relation to development management and planning policy. The Environmental Design team also undertake a variety of wider corporate functions such as implementation of public open space and natural green spaces and other environmental enhancement schemes.

Key responsibilities may be summarised as follows:

  • advising on environmental design, tree and conservation and listed building issues at policy, development management and implementation stages;
  • initiating and implementing capital projects;
  • influencing and enabling developers, partners and other organisations to achieve agreed environmental objectives;
  • promoting understanding of the significance of environmental quality to the quality of life for the communities served by the Council.

Through the Conservation and Listed Building links set out below, general advice can be obtained as to the need for consent and whether, if required, such consent is likely to be granted.

Within the district, NFDC is wholly responsible for 22 Conservation Areas, and jointly responsible with the New Forest National Park Authority for three of them. Excluding the area within the National Park, the district has approximately 900 Listed Buildings (a single listing can often cover more than one building or structure).

Historic Environment (Conservation)Landscape and Urban Design
Conservation AreasDesign Guidance
Listed BuildingsProject Gallery


Updated: 1 Apr 2019
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