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Bow Lane Conservation Area

Conservation areas are designated to safeguard areas of special architectural and historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. There are 26 conservation areas in the City of London within which there are special planning controls which need to be considered when undertaking development.

Visit the City of London Interactive Map to see if your building is within a conservation area. Select 'Conservation Areas' under the 'Conservation' tab to display the area boundaries.

Conservation areas: a general introduction to their character

The Conservation Areas in the City of London: A General Introduction to their Character (3MB)​ forms the introduction and background to the character of the City's conservation areas. It identifies the factors central to the qualities and identity of the environment of the City of London. The general introduction is complemented by a series of character summaries and management strategies which can be found on the individual c

Current Public Consultation

Barbican Estate and Golden Lane Estate Conservation Areas

The City of London Corporation is proposing two new conservation areas, Barbican Conservation Area and Golden Lane Conservation Area. These areas have been assessed according to National Guidance and have satisfied the criteria for designation.

The consultation closes on 12 February 2018.

At the end of the consultation period, comments will be reported to Planning and Transportation Committee with a recommendation.If they are approved for designation, Conservation Area Character Summaries and Management Strategies would be prepared and adopted as Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs).

The Committee Report and the assessment of the proposed areas are below.

Planning and Transportation Committee Report, November 2017 (65KB)

Proposed Conservation Areas Assessment (95KB)

Printed copies are available for inspection at the Barbican and Shoe Lane Libraries during their normal opening hours, at the Planning Information Desk in the North Wing Guildhall, the Barbican Estate Office and Golden Lane Estate Office.

There are two drop-in session when officers will be available to discuss the proposals and answer questions.

Barbican Library Thursday 25 January 2018 11.30am-2.30pm

Golden Lane Estate Ralph Perrin Room Tuesday 30 January 2018, 4pm -7pm

We would like your views before the close of the consultation on 12 February 2018.

Please send your comments to: or write to:

Historic Environment Team
Department of the Built Environment
City of London
PO Box 270

Conservation area consultations

If an SPD is being prepared for a conservation area you will find the documents and details of how to submit your comments on the individual conservation area page. Public consultations are promoted through the City's website and the Guildhall, Barbican and Shoe Lane public libraries.

Individual conservation areas

We are preparing a Character Summary and Management Strategy Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for each conservation area. This document provides an understanding of the significance of each conservation area by identifying and analysing its principal characteristics. It gives detailed guidance on the City's planning policies and is drawn up in consultation with the public and issued in draft for comment before it is finalised and adopted.

Use the left hand links to find information on individual conservation areas.

22 March 2012
Last Modified:
13 December 2017
Tom Nancollas