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 26 designated conservation areas within the Borough, which cover more than 2000 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.
Most planning applications within a conservation area will require an accompanying Heritage Statement. Read the advice on producing Heritage Statements
Find out if your property is in a conservation area
Location of conservation areas
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)
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 9 conservation area advisory committees covering 17 of its conservation areas.
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.
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.
Related guidance Conservation areas guide Shopfronts in conservation areas Trees in conservation areas