Conservation Area Appraisals (CAAs) help define the special architectural and historic interest of an area to clarify why it merits 'designation'. An appraisal also identifies the character of the area, and features which should be enhanced or conserved.
Features which may contribute to character include:
- historic and locally significant buildings
- green and open spaces
- significant views
- natural elements such as trees and waterways
- features which make the area locally distinct
Appraised conservation areas
In recent years, 9 conservation areas (including the central core appraisal above) in York have been appraised in line with the latest guidance from Historic England.
- Fulford road Conservation Area Appraisal 2010
- Fulford village Conservation Area Appraisal 2008
- Heslington Conservation Area Appraisal 2009
- Nestlé/Rowntree factory Conservation Area Appraisal 2008
- Racecourse and Terry's factory Conservation Area Appraisal 2006
- Strensall Conservation Area Appraisal 2011
- Strensall railway buildings Conservation Area Appraisal 2011
- Towthorpe Conservation Area Appraisal 2011
Heritage Topic Paper
The Heritage Topic Paper provides a good background to how York's special character has evolved. It uses evidence and understanding to explain the 6 principle characteristics of the historic environment that help define the special qualities of York.
Village Design Statements
Village Design Statements describe the distinctive character of a village and sets out design guidelines to demonstrate how local character can be protected and enhanced within new development. It is developed by the local community.