Conservation & listed buildings

Hart has 32 Conservation Areas covering much of the district and over 1,000 listed buildings. Contained here is information about what makes an area or building special, planning restrictions related to Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings, how to find out if you live in a Conservation Area or check if a building is listed. Collectively, listed buildings, Conservation Areas and other designated sites are known as Heritage Assets.

What is a Conservation Area?

A Conservation Area is an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or improve. Attractive groups of buildings, open spaces, trees, a traditional street pattern or features of historic or architectural interest may contribute to the special character of an area. 

Do I live in a Conservation Area?

View details of Hart's Conservation Areas

How does the Council maintain and improve the character or appearance of a Conservation Area?

Hart is committed to encouraging positive improvements to its Conservation Areas. This is achieved mostly through a Proposal Statement for each Conservation Area, a strategy to guide development proposals and enhancement possibilities. Conservation Area Monitoring Groups help to co-ordinate implementation of the strategy, enabling residents to play an active role in enhancing their own environment.

Some typical elements of a Conservation Area:

Hedgerow trees forming the Conservation Area boundary and the protection of trees within it  |  Modern agricultural building excluded from Conservation Area  |  Village Green framed by traditional street pattern and grouping of buildings

Article 4 Directions

These allow closer monitoring of development within Conservation Areas and may restrict some types of development meaning that a planning application might be needed for works in an Article 4 area that would not otherwise need a planning application. The areas covered are explained in the Article 4 Directions document.

Land at Mill Lane:

168 High Street, Odiham:

Listed Buildings

Hart District has over a thousand Listed Buildings which are of historic or architectural importance. They cover a wide range of architectural styles and types of construction and are a fundamental part of the character of our towns and villages​. To find out if a building is listed, visit Historic England's National Heritage List for England

What is a Listed Building?

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport holds overall responsibility for the Listing of Buildings. They are structures which are recognised for their special architectural or historic interest by Historic England.

The principles of selection for the Lists cover five main groups:

All buildings prior to 1700 which survive in anything like their original condition  |  Most buildings dating between 1700 and 1840  |  Buildings of definite quality and character dating between 1840 and 1914 (selection includes principal works by principal architects, or examples of building innovation)  |  Selected buildings of high quality between 1914 and 1939  |  A few outstanding buildings post-1939.

Do I live in a Listed Building?

To find out if you have a Listed Building visit Historic England's National Heritage List for England and for guidance about owning a historic home.

Making changes to a Listed Building or other Heritage Asset

Listing provides a system of control to avoid irreparable damage to historic buildings. For this reason it is a criminal offence to carry out work which needs Listed Building Consent without obtaining it first.

We offer a pre-application advice service for advice and guidance regarding works to domestic listed buildings, however as most works that would alter the character of a listed building require Listed Building Consent, assume you have to apply for consent. Please note you will be required to submit a Heritage Statement as part of your application.

How to contact Planning:


Phone: 01252 774419