Some changes to the appearance and layout of properties in Mill Hill Park and other conservation areas cannot be made without planning permission. The Council has the statutory job of preserving and enhancing conservation areas and stopping unsuitable developments inside or sometimes even outside their borders.
The Council appoints panels of local residents (Conservation Area Advisory Panels) who work to support the Council’s drive to conserve, restore and authentically improve the built environment in conservation areas. This includes the natural environment, such as trees.
The mature street trees in Mill Hill Park contribute to its special character and many are protected. Even privately owned trees which are not visible from the street may be protected because they are in a conservation area or because they are subject to a tree preservation order (TPO)
Our Planning section has details on the rules of conservation for properties and trees. The rules are detailed and complex. They are interpreted and applied by the Council’s Planning Team. They may grant permission for proposed developments, refuse them, ask for amendments or add conditions.
Attractive design and upgrading
This presentation by Nigel Middlemiss, founder member of the Conservation Area Advisory Panel, highlights attractive examples of conservation-minded design and upgrading within the Mill Hill Park area.