Proposed Conservation Area at Firbeck
About conservation area designation
A conservation area is an area of special architectural interest, the character of which is desirable to preserve or enhance. Conservation areas can be of many different kinds, from town centres to villages and even stretches of canals. They are often, but not exclusively, centred on listed buildings. It is the character of the area, including its landscape qualities, rather than the presence of individual buildings which justifies designation as a conservation area.
Every local planning authority has a duty to consider designating conservation areas. Since 1967, over 8,000 have been designated in England alone. Rotherham currently has 28 conservation areas. In recent times, there have been new conservation areas designated at Letwell and Ulley along with various extensions to existing conservation areas.