Conservation areas are chosen by local planning authorities as areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.
They may vary in character, form and size from a small group of buildings to a large area of the town, but their designation means that they are worthy of protection as areas of special merit.
Policies which aim to protect and improve these conservation areas are included within the Watford Core Strategy (adopted 2013) and the Watford District Plan 2000 (adopted 2003). These policies seek to ensure that new development is in keeping with the special character of the conservation areas concerned.
When considering new development in conservation areas, the council will expect applicants to submit detailed plans and elevations; they may also be asked to provide additional information to show the likely impact of their proposals on the surrounding areas.
A Conservation Areas Management Plan for all the conservation areas in Watford was adopted in July 2013.