What is a conservation area?
A conservation area is defined as an "Area of special architectural or historic interest, the character of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance" It is the quality and interest of the area, rather than the individual buildings which is of primary interest when designating a conservation area. There are 25 designated conservation areas within the Borough, which cover more than 1800 properties. These include historic town centres, village greens, a philanthropic retirement village, a 1920s motor racing circuit and river navigation channels. Additional information about conservation areas can be found on the Historic England website.
Location of conservation areas
There are 25 designated conservation areas in Elmbridge. You can find out if your property is in a conservation area here.
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Select from the areas below to access our conservation maps, and where available character appraisal documents and designation statements.
Claygate (Foley Estate)
Cobham (Plough Corner)
East Molesey (Bridge Road)
East Molesey (Kent Town)
East Molesey (Old Village)
Thames Ditton (Giggs Hill Green)
Walton (Church St/Bridge St)
Weybridge (Monument Green)
Weybridge (Town Centre)
Templemere Estate is currently being investigated as a new Conservation Area. Find out more here.
Conservation area advisory committees
The importance of consulting with representatives of the local community is highlighted in the National Planning Policy Framework. The Borough of Elmbridge is particularly fortunate in having 10 conservation area advisory committees covering 20 of its 25 conservation areas.
Read more about conservation area advisory committees
Historic buildings grants
We operate a small discretionary grants scheme to contribute towards the cost of repair and maintenance of significant historic buildings within conservation areas.
Download our application form for historic buildings grants.
Read more about our historic buildings grant scheme
A grants scheme is also operated by the Surrey Historic Buildings Trust.
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