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Conservation areas

The City of London has 27 conservation areas which are areas of special architectural and historic interest, the character and appearance of which are desirable to preserve or enhance and to which special planning controls are applied to developments.

Go to the City of London Interactive Map and select the 'Conservation Areas' under the 'Conservation' tab to display each conservation area.

For a general introduction to conservation areas read the Conservation Areas in the City of London: A general introduction to their character.

We have produced or intend to produce a Character Summary and Management Strategy, a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), for each conservation area.

The SPD for each conservation area identifies and analyses the area’s principal characteristics, explains its significance and provides detailed guidance on the City's planning policies. It is prepared in accordance with a public consultation process before it is finalised and adopted.

If an SPD hasn't yet been prepared there is a separate Character Summary and Management Strategy.

The Barbican and Golden Lane Conservation Area SPD was adopted by Planning and Transportation Committee on 1 February 2022. For more information see the documents in the list below.

Conservation area consultations

When an SPD is being prepared, information of how to submit comments will be on an SPD consultation page.