Conservation area guidelines
Conservation Areas are designated areas,
rather than individual buildings, that have a special character
that the council wants to preserve and enhance. Trees, buildings
and land have special protection in these areas.
There are 58 Conservation Areas in Tower
Hamlets, each with an up to date Conservation Area Character
Appraisal and Management Plan.
Special rules apply in Conservation Areas that
aim to preserve or enhance their particular character.
Click here to view an interactive online map of the borough’s
To demolish a building in a conservation area,
you usually need special permission called conservation area
consent. You can apply by completing a conservation area consent
Further information and application forms are
available from the planning department
or download a leaflet on Conservation
areas and listed buildings (pdf 896k).
Maps of existing conservation areas are also
available for inspection by contacting the duty officer at the the
planning offices which show all
aspects of conservation in colour-coded form, or via our
You can also phone the planning hotline
on 020 7364 5009 to find out if a particular location is
within a conservation area.
Adopted character appraisals and management
View Adopted Character
Appraisals and Management Guidelines for the borough's
See a detailed guide to
trees in conservation areas
For more information please
5 Clove Crescent
Tel: 020 7364 5009
Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday - except public holidays.
Public Transport: Buses 277, D6,15,115
Tube/DLR: East India Dock or Blackwall Stations
map for Planning Office (pdf,1.29mb)