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Conservation areas and conservation area consent

Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest that we feel need to be looked after. These areas are subject to strict planning constraints.

Conservation areas in North Ayrshire

There are 13 conservation areas in North Ayrshire that can be viewed on our map.

Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans

Conservation area appraisals define what is important about the character and appearance of the area. The management plan recommends how the qualities of the conservation area may be maintained and supported. The following conservation area Appraisals and Management Plans have been approved:

In 2020, the Council approved Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans (titled collectively as Conservation Area Assessments) for the following Conservation Areas:

  • Beith
  • Corrie
  • Dalry
  • Dreghorn
  • High Corrie
  • Irvine Harbour
  • Lamlash
  • Perceton
  • Skelmorlie
  • West Kilbride

These documents are currently being prepared to be published on the webpage so are unavailable for download at this time. If you would like us to send you a copy in the meantime, please email the LDP team.

What activities do I need consent for?

Within conservation areas, there are extra planning controls. You may need planning permission if you, for example, propose any of the following:

  • building a small extension
  • stone cleaning, cladding or painting the building exterior
  • satellite dishes
  • roof alterations
  • new windows or doors
  • new fences or gates
  • demolishing a building
  • carrying out work on trees

This list is not exhaustive. If you are unsure whether you need planning permission please contact us.

How to apply

Apply for consent


Applications for listed building or conservation area consent are not subject to fees.