This is an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.
Conservation and heritage
Hillingdon has a wide variety of historic assets; these include archaeological sites, traditional village centres, canals, historic buildings and landscapes. There are also extensive areas of good quality "Metroland" suburbs, which are an important feature of the Borough.
The Council has a rolling programme of historic asset designation. At present the Borough contains:
- 30 Conservation Areas
- 14 Areas of Special Local Character (ASLC)
- 406 statutory listed buildings
- 302 Locally Listed Buildings
- 5 Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAMs)
- 9 Archaeological Priority Areas, totaling approximately 210 hectares and forming 1.8% of the Borough
- 1 entry in the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens (Church Gardens, Harefield, Grade II)
- 1 Article 4 Direction (Daisy Cottages, West Drayton Green)
National guidance and advice
Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act, 1990, is the main legislation for listed buildings and the designation of Conservation Areas. Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAMs) are designated under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act, 1979.
National Planning Policy Framework, March 2012 sets out the Government's planning policies on the conservation of the historic environment.
The Greater London Historic Environment Record (formerly the Greater London Sites and Monuments Record), managed by English Heritage, is the most complete computerised database of designated and non-designated historic assets (sites of archaeological and historic importance) within Greater London.
Council polices and guidance
Good design is important to the Council. Hillingdon's design and accessibility statements provide guidance on residential layouts, residential extensions, shop fronts and accessibility.
To view the current Council policies regarding Conservation Areas, Listed Buildings or Areas of Special Local Character, please view Saved Policies - Unitary Development Plan (September 2007) [6Mb]
Hillingdon Local Plan: Part 1- Strategic Policies (previously known as the Core Strategy) was approved for adoption at the Council meeting on 8 November 2012. For details visit Hillingdon Local Plan: Part 1- Strategic Policies
Heritage at risk
Heritage at Risk is English Heritage's national programme providing information on the condition of the historic environment, highlighting those historic assets that are at risk of loss through neglect, decay, or development, or are vulnerable to becoming so. Please follow these links for further information:
Designated heritage assets in Hillingdon
The following pages provide information and guidance on heritage assets within the Borough and how they can be preserved and enhanced.
Areas of Special Local Character are a local designation, and include areas which contain elements of local character and identity that the Council wishes to preserve.
Buildings are listed because they are judged to be of national architectural or historic interest under Section 1 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.
The Local List is intended to recognise buildings of architectural and historical importance that contribute significantly to the unique character of the Borough. Whilst not statutorily listed, these buildings are of good quality design or are historically significant and are important to the local community.
Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAMs) are of outstanding archaeological interest and are statutorily protected under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act, 1979.
Hillingdon is rich in archaeology and its archaeological remains are an important and valuable local and national resource.
For information relating to Conservation Area Advisory Panels, projects, consultations and other events.
The Register of Parks and Garden of Special Historic Interest is maintained and updated by English Heritage.
Information about Hillingdon's 69 war memorials, including photos and location details.
Good urban design is essential to produce attractive, high-quality, sustainable places in which people will want to live, work and relax.